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Olivia MoreyFebruary 28, 2024
 

Softball gets its first no-hitter of season in three-game sweep

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Colin Prenger
Colin Prenger / Arizona Daily Wildcat The UA softball team defeated the University of New Mexico Lobos Saturday, Oct. 15. The Wildcats beat the Lobos 9-1

The No. 15-ranked Arizona softball team breezed through its matchup with the College of Charleston, sweeping its three-game series over the weekend. Combined, the Wildcats outscored Charleston 22-0.

“When we have everything going in the right direction, physically, mentally and emotionally, we’re a fun team to watch,” said head coach Mike Candrea, “A lot of it is getting used to playing a three-game series where you go out and do your job.

Candrea said the team’s energy isn’t as much of a problem on Friday as it can be for the rest of the series.

On Saturday, sophomore pitcher Shelby Babcock recorded the 87th no-hitter in school history, striking out six and retiring the last 13 overall. Babcock allowed just one runner to reach base, bringing her one walk short of a perfect game.

Freshman shortstop Shelby Pendley hit a three-run home run on Saturday. The series victory was locked in with RBI singles by freshman right fielder Hailie Wilson and junior pinch-hitter Bailie Kirker in the fifth, ending the game with an 8-0 lead.

On Sunday, junior pitcher Kenzie Fowler pitched a complete game, pitching eight strikeouts against three walks.

“You still need to come out and compete no matter what the team is. You can’t play the name game now a days, there’s so much parity in division one softball,” Fowler said. “But there’s a lot of things that we can focus on and make sure we’re working on in practice that will show in a game.“

Saylors was relieved by Jen Rosene, who ended with four hits, two runs, and six walks.

“I was very pleased with our performance overall, but today we were a little lack luster, a little slow at making adjustments,” Candrea said. ”So those are things that as we start playing better teams that what separates the series that you win and the series that you don’t.”

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