Hanah Bowen rebounded from her tough outing against Alabama on Saturday night and pitched a seven-inning 1-0 victory over New Mexico for No. 9 Arizona on Sunday in the final day of the Candrea Classic at Hillenbrand Stadium.
Bowen (2-1) allowed only two hits while striking out four and walking two in the pitcher’s duel with New Mexico’s Emma Guindon.
Bowen was coming off starting Saturday night’s 11-0 loss to No. 2 Alabama. She allowed four hits in 2 2/3 innings with six runs (two of them earned) and four strikeouts with two walks.
Arizona is 3-1 in its first few games with Caitlin Lowe as coach.
We end the Candrea Classic with a win! 😼
— Arizona Softball (@ArizonaSoftball) February 13, 2022
Arizona had five hits off Guindon (1-1) including two doubles by former Cienega High School and Ole Miss standout Blaise Biringer.
The Wildcats scored their run in the third inning when Sophia Carroll came home on Sharlize Palacios’ fielder’s choice grounder with two outs. Carroll led off the inning with a single, moved to second on a groundout and then to third with two outs on a single by Jasmine Perezchica.
Here are some of Arizona’s top performers after the first four games of the season over the weekend:
— Jasmine Perezchica went 7 of 10 (.700) with a double and four RBIs.
— Carlie Scupin and Janelle Meoño each went 4 of 9 (.444). Scupin had a double, home run and three RBIs. Meoño had five runs, a stolen base and an RBI as the leadoff batter.
— Blaise Biringer had the most at-bats (13) and recorded five hits (.385) with two doubles, three RBIs and three runs.
— Allie Skaggs led the team with two home runs while batting .364 (4 of 11) with a double and six RBIs.
— Sharlize Palacios had the most RBIs with seven including a triple, home run and five runs while batting .273 (3 of 11).
— Hanah Bowen went 2-1 with a 1.66 ERA in 12 2/3 innings. She struck out 13 and walked four.
— Devyn Netz had a three-inning shutout appearance and allowed two hits while striking out six and walking one.
Arizona next hosts the Hillenbrand Invitational next weekend, opening with two games Friday — UC Santa Barbara at 3 p.m. and Long Beach State at 5. Other teams in the invitational are Kentucky and Loyola Marymount.