Arizona Softball

Arizona softball starts season with four run-rule wins

Arizona’s Blaise Biringer, a Cienega grad, celebrates after hitting an RBI double in a 15-1 win over NC State (Dan Netz/Special to

Information from the Arizona media-relations department contributed to this report:

Arizona earned its fourth run-rule victory of the season to improve to 4-0 after beating NC State 15-1 in five innings on Saturday in the Mike Candrea Classic at Hillenbrand Stadium.

The Wildcats have outscored Long Beach State, Kansas and NC State 48-5 in the four games.

Arizona plated 15 runs on 17 hits with freshman Olivia DiNardo going 3-for-3 and four players having two hits.

Cienegra graduate Blaise Biringer went 2-for-4 with four RBIs and Ironwood Ridge alum Allie Skaggs had three RBIs.

With a 1-0 lead going to the second, the Wildcats scored six runs behind five singles – three of which produced runs, a two-RBI double from Tucson High grad Carlie Scupin and an RBI groundout from Biringer to extend the lead.

Devyn Netz has split time in the circle and at the plate in the first four games and has been very productive (Dan Netz/Special to

In the third, the Wildcats scored three runs to make it a 10-0 lead. Dakota Kennedy drove in a run on an RBI fielder’s choice and Biringer hit an RBI double. Kennedy stole second and NC State’s catcher had a throwing error, allowing DiNardo to score from third.  
Three RBI singles, an RBI double from Scupin, and a sac fly from Skaggs added five more runs for Arizona in the fourth to make it 15-0.

NC State scored one in the fifth on an RBI double.

Ironwood Ridge grad Devyn Netz (3-0) earned her third win in as many starts. Netz faced 10 batters, striking out three and retiring nine in 3 innings. Buena alum Brianna Hardy pitched the final two innings for Arizona and struck out five of the nine batters she faced.

Up next: Arizona will close out the Candrea Classic against NC State on Sunday at 12 p.m.

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