Arizona Softball

No. 2 Arizona loses series finale to No. 16 FSU

No. 2 Arizona looked to take the series against No. 16 Florida State with pitcher Alyssa Denham in the circle, but the bats went cold and the Seminoles walked away with the series victory with a 2-0 win Saturday.

Arizona is 14-3 and ends its Florida road trip going 4-3, losing two games to FSU and one to Central Florida.

On Friday night, Arizona evened the three-game series with FSU winning 1-0.

In the first game against FSU, Denham struggled in the first inning of the game, giving up three runs and getting pulled without recording an out.

Saturday, Denham was locked in and had a solid bounce-back performance going six innings and allowing only two runs. She gave up just three hits on 87 pitches while striking out four batters.

Arizona’s lineup struggled throughout the Florida road trip, and in the final game against FSU, the lineup hit rock-bottom. Not only did the Wildcats get shut out but, they grounded out into two inning-ending double plays.

The play of the game for FSU came in the second inning as freshman Allie Skaggs stepped up to the plate with bases loaded and one out. Skaggs grounded out into an inning-ending double play killing the momentum for Arizona.

FSU scored the game’s first run after a runner reached base on an error in the bottom half of the second inning, just getting one hit to get the run across.

Arizona hit a low .226 against FSU pitching in the series. The Wildcats left 13 runners on base and hit an odd .294 with runners in scoring position. The double plays killed the Wildcats.

Things won’t get any easier for Arizona as they will head to Washington next weekend to start conference play with a four-game series against the Huskies.

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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com writer Troy Hutchison hails from Tucson and is a lifelong Arizona Wildcats follower. He has been involved in sports journalism over the last two years while taking communications courses at Pima Community College.

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