Arizona Softball

Arizona splits doubleheader at Oregon State, wins first true road game of season

Allie Skaggs celebrates after hitting her fifth home run of the season (Arizona Athletics photo)

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

Arizona split a doubleheader at Oregon State to open Pac-12 play on Friday, achieving the first victory in a true road game this season in the process.

The Wildcats (18-5-1) lost the first game 3-2, but won the second game 6-4. They are now 1-4 in true road games after close losses at Alabama and Louisville previously.
Game 1 | Oregon State 3, Arizona 2

Arizona tallied seven hits but could only plate two against Oregon State (12-11).
The Beavers hit a solo home run in the second inning and another solo homer in the fourth inning for a 2-0 lead.
In the top of the seventh, Tucson High School alum Carlie Scupin tied the game at 2 on a two-run single to right field.

Arizona’s defense kept Oregon State scoreless in the seventh to force extra innings.
The Wildcats had two runners on base in the top of the eighth but couldn’t plate a run.

The Beavers walked it off in the bottom of the eight on a fielder’s choice.
Melissa Stoddard (2-4) pitched 2/3 innings before allowing the winning run for Oregon State.

Mountain View graduate Aissa Silva went 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits.

Ali Blanchard faced five batters in 1 1/3 innings, allowing two hits but no runs.
Game 2 | Arizona 6, Oregon State 4

Scupin and Ironwood Ridge alum Allie Skaggs each went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs.
Arizona scored in the first inning on an RBI fielder’s choice from Olivia DiNardo to score Regan Shockey.

The Wildcats added one run in the top of the fifth on Scupin’s first RBI double of the game for a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth, Oregon State scored four runs to take the lead on a solo home run and a pair of RBI singles.
Arizona regained the lead in the top of the seventh with a four-run inning to make it 6-4.

Dakota Kennedy opened the scoring with an RBI double and Scupin hit her second RBI double of the game to tie it.

Skaggs hit her fifth home run of the season — a two-run shot to right field — to give Arizona a two-run lead.
Silva and Stoddard worked together to not allow Oregon State to score in the bottom of the seventh.
Silva picked up the win to improve to 10-1 and Stoddard earned her second save of the season.

Stoddard entered with the tying run on deck and worked her way out of the seventh inning.

Silva pitched 1 2/3 innings and did not allow a run. Stoddard went five innings, split between the start and the end of the game, and struck out two batters. Blanchard pitched 1/3 of an inning, facing three batters in the fifth inning.

The Wildcats will close the three-game series on Saturday at 6 p.m., Tucson time.

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