The first game of Saturday’s double-header didn’t go as smooth as one might expect against Portland State in the Kajikawa Classic at Tempe.
Arizona was able to jump to an early 3-0 lead giving starting pitcher Hanah Bowen room to work with.
That didn’t last long as Portland State was able to answer right away with a two-run inning of its own. Bowen struggled in moments through 2 2/3 innings of work, giving up three runs on four hits.
AND the second 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/ro0mdxNTFQ
After the rough start, Arizona went to Alyssa Denham to provide some stability. Denham was able to come in and pitch 4 1/3 innings of lights-out softball, only giving up one hit.
With the pitching finally clicking, Arizona was able to wake up its bats in the fourth inning when Marissa Schuld launched her first career home run giving her team a 5-3 lead.
Arizona would go on to win 6-3 in a less-than-impressive performance in the early game of a doubleheader.
A few hours later, Arizona faced Western Michigan with Mariah Lopez in the circle. Just like Lopez’s first start, she was on point, keeping the Western Michigan batters off-balanced through her four innings of work. She struck out nine batters along the way.
The Cats hit five home runs and get a combined two-hitter from Mariah Lopez and Marissa Schuld! pic.twitter.com/LYkUojDbDj
On the offensive end, Arizona put on a home run derby as batters went yard putting up a total of 12 runs, run-ruling Western Michigan 12-0 in five innings.
Through the first two days of the Kajikawa Classic, Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza has been smashing the ball all over the park. Palomino-Cardoza has blasted three home runs with still another game left on Sunday versus Tennessee.
Here is what coach Candrea had to say about his teams’ performance in day two of the Kajikawa Classic.