UA Wildcats softball
UA softball runs over Yavapai 9-4
The Arizona of Arizona women's softball team defeated Yavapai College 9-4 in Sunday's fall exhibition season opener.
Sophomore Kenzie Fowler got the win in relief, pitching three innings, giving up two runs. Fowler replaced Shelby Babcock, who got the start in her debut as a Wildcat. Babcock walked four in the first inning and gave up two runs before settling in to pitch three shutout innings against the Rough Riders.
Arizona got its start offensively in the bottom of the first. Brittany Lastrapes and Lauren Schutzler led off with singles and Stacie Chambers bombed them home with a line-drive home run to dead center.
Arizona scored a run in each the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to put the game away.
Arizona took at-bats in the bottom of the seventh, despite having won the game 6-4, to allow the bench players to get some live-game action. The bench took advantage of these at-bats as they put a three-spot in the board in the seventh.
Becca Tikey, normally a speedy slapper, nearly put one over the fence in the sixth; the line drive off the wall turned into an RBI triple. She followed that performance with a gapping double in the seventh. The sophomore finished with two RBI in two at bats.
Arizona, who batted 10-hitters, got great production from the ten-hole. Tikey and the starting right fielder Karissa Buchanan went a combined 4-for-4 with three RBI. Lastrapes, Schutzler and Chambers also nabbed two hits in the game.
Jennie Finch, Taryne Mowatt, Mackenzie Vandergeest and Chelsie Mesa return to Hillenbrand Stadium on Monday night as Arizona takes on the NPF All-Stars. First pitch is at 6:00 p.m.