SALT LAKE CITY, UT - In a back-and-forth affair that saw the teams exchange leads four times, Arizona's four home runs led the way as the Cats tied the series at one game apiece with an 8-6 victory over Utah.
Kellie Fox, Katiyana Mauga, Hallie Wilson and Chelsea Goodacre homered in the game. All were solo shots except for Goodacre's two-run, go-ahead home run in the sixth inning.
Katiyana Mauga's fourth-inning home run gave her 20 on the season, making her the fifth Wildcat to hit 20-plus home runs in multiple seasons, and the first to do so in her freshman/sophomore campaigns.
Utah plated a run in the bottom of the first without a hit. A leadoff walk, sac bunt, wild pitch and sac fly gave the Utes the early 1-0 lead.
Arizona appeared to take a 2-1 lead in the second. Chelsea Suitos was at first base with two down and a full count. The senior was in motion on the pitch when Kellie Fox hit, what appeared to be a two-run home run to left. First base umpire Tony Cooper ruled that Suitos, who was not attempting to steal, left first base early, thus taking the home run off the board.
Fox then led off the fourth inning and got her home run anyway, this one a solo shot to left. Katiyana Mauga followed with a home run to left to put Arizona up 2-1.
Utah broke up the Wildcats' combined no-no bid with back-to-back homers to lead off the fifth. A walk and error followed the home runs to put the go-ahead runs at second and third with nobody out. After a strikeout, the Wildcats had a runner picked off third, but she avoided the tag and was ruled to have remained in the base path. She then came in to score the go-ahead run on a base hit.
Arizona responded in the top of the sixth. Mauga walked before Goodacre hit a two-run shot to right to grab the lead back. A pair of walks put two on for Lauren Young, who doubled in both runs to put UA on top 7-4. The Cats would add another on an error to give the Cats a four-run cushion.
Utah cut the Wildcat lead in half with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth