Arizona softball routs UNLV to improve to 14-1

PALM SPRINGS, Calif.Arizona plated six runs in the third inning and eight runs in fourth en route to a 14-1, five-inning victory over UNLV on Saturday to close the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic.

The Wildcats finished the event 4-1 and improved to 13-1 on the season.

The Arizona offense has scored 107 runs this season while its pitchers have allowed just eight total runs, a total matched by offense during just the fourth inning on Saturday.

Kelsey Rodriguez and Kellie Fox homered in the contest while Chelsea Goodacre, Courtney Rodriguez, Katiyana Mauga and Alex Lavine also drove in runs in the game.

Michelle Floyd (3-0) allowed two hits and did not walk a batter in the start. The freshman struck out two in three innings of work. Kenzie Fowler allowed a single hit in two innings, but the hit was a home run by Pauline Monreal, just the third home run surrendered by Arizona pitchers this season.

Lavine notched her third multi-hit game of the tournament with a 2-for-3 performance. Fox and Kelsey Rodriguez also had two hits.

Arizona had just one base runner through the first two innings Saturday before the offense got to work in the third. Mauga led off the inning with a ground-rule double and moved to third on Lavine’s single. Hallie Wilson’s HBP loaded the bases with no one out. After a fielder’s choice, Fox walked in a run, her first of four RBI on the day. Goodacre followed with a two-run single up the middle before Kelsey Rodriguez cleared the bases with her first home run of the season.

In the fourth, Fox hit a two-run homer to left to get the scoring going before a pair of walks and a single loaded the bases. Mauga drew a walk to drive in a run before Lavine, Courtney Rodriguez and Fox registered RBI singles to give the Wildcats a 14-1 lead.