UA softball splits with Fresno State, Georgia

TUCSON, Ariz. — Arizona run-ruled Fresno State 9-0 in six innings Friday in its first game of the Cathedral City Classic, then fell to No. 13 Georgia 3-0 in its second game.

UA (9-4) will play four more games at the Cathedral City Classic.

Game 1: Arizona 9, Fresno State 0 (6 innings)

Jessica Spigner drove in four runs, including two on a walk-off homer in the sixth inning, to pace the Arizona’s offense in a 9-0 win.

Kenzie Fowler (3-0) hurled a three-hit shutout and allowed just four of the 22 batters she faced to reach base.  

Arizona scored its nine runs on nine hits; Brigette Del Ponte, Lini Koria and Spigner had two apiece.

Hallie Wilson led off the Arizona first with a hit and was eventually brought home by Spigner to give Arizona a 1-0 lead.

In the third inning, three two-out base runners loaded the bases for senior Kristen Arriola, who drew an RBI walk for her 11th walk and 11th RBI of the season. The bases remained loaded for Shelby Pendley, who also drew an RBI walk to chase Fresno State starter Mackenzie Oakes. In relief, Destinee Levesque got Chelsea Goodacre to ground into a fielder’s choice to end the threat.

UA would tack on three runs across in the fourth, with Del Ponte and Spigner each tallying an RBI.

The Cats scored a run on a Karissa Buchanan groundout in the fifth inning to push the lead to 7-0.

After a leadoff walk in the sixth, Spigner homered to center field to finish off the mercy-rule win.

Game 2: Georgia 3, Arizona 0

No. 13 Georgia (9-1) got a two-hitter from Morgan Montemayor to shut out Arizona 3-0.

This marks the second consecutive season in which the Bulldogs have blanked Arizona at the Cathedral City Classic; Montemayor excelled in an 8-0, five-inning Georgia victory in 2011.

Georgia scored all three runs on home runs, as Gracie Goulder hit one in the second and Ashley Razey added a two-run bomb in the fifth.

The Cats had their chances, getting a runner in scoring position in each of the first three innings, but were unable to get anyone across the plate.

Shelby Babcock (4-4) took the loss despite pitching effectively. The sophomore allowed three runs on six hits and five walks while striking out eight.

Goulder’s homer came with one out in the second inning. The ball barely cleared the outfield fence, as Buchanan made a valiant effort and took down a piece of the temporary fencing in the process.

Razey’s home run, on the other hand, was a no-doubter to left field. Babcock got the first two batters out before giving up a double to Ashley Pauly, which was followed by the home run. Babcock walked the next batter and hit the next two to load the bases, then struck out Goulder to end the inning.

Arizona would get just one base runner the rest of the way, a Spigner walk to lead off the sixth.