SB: Cats lose to Baylor; fall to 1-6 against ranked teams

SB: Cats lose to Baylor; fall to 1-6 against ranked teams

FULLERTON, CA - Thirteenth-ranked Arizona softball split its final two games of the Judi Garman Classic, falling to No. 9 Baylor 9-1 before defeating Fresno State 7-1.

The Wildcats, who finished the Judi Garman Classic 2-3 to drop to an overall record of 21-6, begin conference play next weekend at Cal (March 13-15).

Game 1 – No. 9 Baylor 9, No. 13 Arizona 1

After squandering opportunities early, Baylor scored nine unanswered runs to defeat Arizona 9-1 to open Arizona's Sunday at Anderson Family Field.

The Wildcats had five hits through their first 15 batters, but managed just one run on a wild pitch, and stranded six runners through three innings.

Baylor would make UA pay as the Bears scored the game's final nine runs, and limited Arizona to just two base runners the final four innings.

Michelle Floyd, who retired the first eight batters she faced and did not give up a hit until the fourth, allowed five runs on three hits, including a Shelby Friudenberg fourth-inning go-ahead grand slam that put the Bears ahead for good. Nancy Bowling entered and allowed four runs on five hits with one walk and one strikeout. Siera Phillips got the final three outs of the game without allowing a hit.

Arizona would leave eight runners on for the game while Baylor stranded just five. The Bears outhit the Cats 8-to-6, but took advantage of three walks and two HBPs.

Baylor reliever Heather Stearns (5-4) entered with two on and nobody out in the third. She would retire 15 of the 17 batters she faced, allowing just one hit, a seventh-inning Ashleigh Hughes single. Hughes led Arizona with two hits.

Game 2 – No. 13 Arizona 7, Fresno State 1

Arizona scored six two-out runs including a three-run Lauren Young home run as Arizona cruised to a 7-1 victory over Fresno State in the tournament cap.

Michelle Floyd pitched a complete game in her second start of the day. Floyd allowed one run on six hits. The sophomore struck out five and walked two while improving to 10-4 on the season.

Young's second-inning three-run home run down the left field line put Arizona on top for good as the Cats added single runs in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings.

Katiyana Mauga went 2-for-3 with an RBI double in the contest while Ashleigh Hughes added two RBI.