By Maren Angus
Day three in Arizona included more home runs, close calls and extra innings that took games from Saturday night into early Sunday morning.
Arizona hits six home runs
After losing its first game of the season, the Arizona Wildcats arrived at the ballpark focused on the task at hand. They swept both games with a 6-1 win over UC Davis and 13-1 over Fresno State.
Reyna Carranco, Dejah Mulipola and Aleah Craighton homered in the first game while Alyssa Denham pitched her first complete game for Arizona.
In the nightcap, Jessie Harper homered twice and Alyssa Palomino added one of her own. Taylor McQuillin, who lost to Oklahoma State, rebounded in a big way. The junior struck out eight in five innings and allowed one run on five hits.
All night long
Seattle University took the field for its first game against CSUN at 5:30 p.m. The Redhawks scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth. Maddy Kristjanson put SU on the board with a two-run homer and Ally Choate doubled to score two more. CSUN tied the game in the seventh to send the game into extra innings but in the bottom of the eighth, Susanne Morris walked her team off with a two-run home run.
Thirty minutes after playing a three-hour game, Seattle returned to the field to play Western Michigan. After jumping out an early 3-0 lead in the first, the Broncos scored seven over the next three innings. Kaylee Ree homered to center with one out and Sara Dominguez tied the game with a home run to right. Each team scored a run in the eighth, none in the ninth and then came the 10th. Madison Cathcart took a ball into Sunday morning to give the Redhawks an 11-8 lead and the SU defense took care of business to walk away with the victory.
Vanessa Shippy stays hot for Oklahoma State
Senior Vanessa Shippy inserted her place in the OSU record books when she recorded her 200th career hit in the Cowgirls’ first game on Saturday against Mizzou. She became the eighth Cowgirl in program history to reach 200. She finished the day 4-for-6 at the plate with a home run, four RBIs and four runs scored.
Lockman walks Tennessee off
The No. 11 Tennessee Lady Vols struggled to scored runs for most of their matchup with No. 15 Utah Saturday afternoon. The Utes opened with a three-run first and extended their lead to 5-0 in the fifth.
Chelsea Seggern tripled home Aubrey Leach for Tennessee’s first run of the game and Scarlet McSwain followed with a sacrifice fly to left. Lockman cut the lead to 5-3 when she hit her first home run of the season in the bottom of the sixth.
Meghan Gregg led off the seventh with a double to right center, Seggern singled and McSwain walked to load the bases with no out. A fielder’s choice gave Lockman the at bat with one out when she ripped a double to left that cleared the bases to end the game. The Lady Vols finished the weekend 6-0.