UA Offense Erupts for 32 Runs in Friday Sweep - Tucson News Now

UA Offense Erupts for 32 Runs in Friday Sweep

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No. 14 Arizona scored 32 runs on 25 hits, including six home runs, in eight innings of offense as the Cats improved to 6-0 on the season. The Wildcats opened the day with a 10-1, six-inning victory over Loyola Marymount before downing Wright State, 22-1 in five innings.

Arizona's 22-run triumph vs. Wright State is the fourth-highest run total in Arizona history and the most since 2001. According to NFCA.org, Arizona's 22 runs are the most by any school this season. UA plated 15 runs in the second inning in the game, a frame which included two Arizona grand slams.

Arizona pitchers combined to hurl 12 innings and allow just one earned run on eight total hits in the two games.

Game 1 – Arizona 10, Loyola Marymount 1 (6 innings)

Arizona plated 10 runs on 12 hits to down Loyola Marymount in game one Arizona's day-two doubleheader at the Hillenbrand Invitational, 10-1.

Trish Parks and Mo Mercado had home runs in the contest; Mercado's two-run shot in the sixth ended the game via the mercy rule.

Parks went 3-for-3 in the game, drove in two runs and scored one. Chelsea Goodacre led the team with three RBI while Kellie Fox and Mo Mercado, who each had two hits in the game, drove in two runs apiece.

In the circle, Nancy Bowling (2-0) got the start and allowed one run on four hits with two strikeouts in three innings of work. Michelle Floyd tossed three innings of relief and did not allow a run or a hit, but walked two to go along with four strikeouts.

Game 2 – Arizona 22, Wright State 1 (5 innings)

Arizona scored 15 runs in the second inning, a frame which included an Arizona-record two grand slams. Trish Parks and Kellie Fox each hit grand slams in the inning. Overall, UA hit four homers in the contest; Goodacre and Mauga went deep as well. The Wildcats defeated the Raiders 22-1 in five innings, scoring the most runs since 2001 in the process.

Chelsea Goodacre drove in five runs while going 3-for-4 at the plate to push her team-leading figure to 13 on the season.

In the circle, Parks pitched two scoreless innings and allowed two hits in the start before being relieved by Siera Phillips (1-0), who picked up her first collegiate victory in relief. Phillips pitched the final three innings and allowed one unearned run on two hits.

After plating three runs in the bottom of the first (on a Mauga three-run homer) the Wildcats batted around twice and scored 15 runs in the second inning. Three home runs, including two grand slams, highlighted the offensive outpouring.

UA continued to add on, scoring four runs in the third. Robyn Porter collected her first career RBI when she drew a pinch-hit, bases-loaded walk to give Arizona a 19-0 lead. Goodacre doubled in two before Nancy Bowling, in her first plate appearance since 2013, singled through the left side to put Arizona on top 22-0.

Wright State plated an unearned run in the top of the fourth. In the bottom half, the Cats had four base runners before Coach Candrea had the runners deliberately leave bases early to end the inning.

Arizona returns to action on Saturday with a pair of games as the Hillenbrand Invitational continues all day. Games begin at 9 a.m. at Hillenbrand; Arizona plays San Jose State at 4 p.m. followed by a tilt with Loyola Chicago at 6 p.m. MST.

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