Three games, three run-rule wins for Arizona in Candrea Classic

Princeton transfer Ali Blanchard won her first game in the circle for Arizona (Arizona Athletics photo)

Information for this report provided by the Arizona media-relations department:

No. 12 Arizona improved to 3-0 after sweeping the second day of the Candrea Classic on Friday with run-rule wins over Kansas and Long Beach State at Hillenbrand Stadium.

Arizona’s three wins to start the season in the Candrea Classic have been by mercy rule, including two against Long Beach State.

Game 1 | Arizona 15, Kansas 2 (5 innings)

Ironwood Ridge graduates Allie Skaggs went 3-for-3 with four RBIs and pitcher/designated hitter Devyn Netz went 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Tucson High alum Carlie Scupin had four RBIs in the win.

Skaggs drove in Arizona’s first run with an RBI double in the first inning. The Wildcats scored five runs in the second. Skaggs had a two-RBI single and Tayler Biehl drove in a run on a fielder’s choice. Scupin drew an RBI walk and Netz was hit by a pitch to bring in a run.

The Wildcats’ offense rallied for seven runs in the third inning. Well-timed RBI singles from Blaise Biringer (Cienega), Skaggs, and Netz were part of the rally. Scupin had a two-RBI single and Dakota Kennedy brought in Arizona’s 13th run of the game with an RBI groundout.

Arizona added two more runs in the fourth to extend Arizona’s lead. Kansas scored two runs in the third on a home run.

Princeton graduate transfer Ali Blanchard (1-0) picked up her first win in her first appearance for Arizona. The senior transfer struck out two batters through three innings. Freshman Sydney Somerndike debuted in the final two innings of the game, retiring five of six batters faced.

Game 2 | Arizona 9, LBSU 1 (5 innings)

The Wildcats earned their second mercy-rule victory of the day driving in nine runs on 10 hits.

Three Wildcats went 2-for-3.

In the first inning, Arizona scored two runs on wild pitches. The Wildcats scored five runs in the second. Biringer had her second RBI single of the day and Scupin hit another two-RBI single. Jasmine Perezchica scored on a wild pitch and Netz hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Arizona’s seventh run of the game.

In the fifth, freshman Kaiah Altmeyer and Biringer each hit RBI singles to secure the run-rule victory for the Wildcats.

Netz earned the win to improve to 2-0. She struck out four batters through four innings. Freshman Aissa Silva made her debut in the fifth inning and struck out one batter.

Up Next: Arizona will face NC State in Day 3 of the Candrea Classic on Saturday at 3 p.m.

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