Arizona softball falls in Pac-12 tournament semifinals – The Daily Wildcat

The No. 18 Arizona Softballl team played two games in the 2024 Pac-12 Softball Tournament at Smith Family Field in Stanford, California, before falling in the semifinals. The first game was against No. 12 University of Washington on Thursday, May 9, where they went 11-3 to win, win, win and advance. In the second game, the Wildcats faced No. 6 UCLA, but fell just one run short and lost 6-5 in the semifinals.

Quarterfinals: Thursday, May 9th

Game 1: No. 18 Arizona vs. No. 12 Washington at 6:30 p.m

There was an upset in the quarterfinals The No. 5 seed Wildcats defeated the No. 4 seed Huskies for a score of 11-3. Arizona wasted no time getting on the board. scored two runs in the top of the firstT. Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the YearALie Skaggs opened the scoring with an RBI single, and Olivia DiNardo followed with a run-scoring double.

The Wildcats kept the momentum and kept going Score two more runs in the second inning. Freshman Regan Shockey grounded out to second base for an RBI, bringing home Tayler Biehl. An RBI double by followed Carlie Scupin scored for Dakota Kennedy to give Arizona a 4-0 lead.

In the Early in the fourth inning, Kaiah Altmeyer extended Arizona's lead to 5-0 with a sacrifice groundout. The Huskies were able to get back into the action rebounded with back-to-back home runs at the end of the fourth quarter, cutting Arizona's lead to 5-3.

At the end of the game DiNardo hit a two-run home run in the fifth after a double by Skaggs to extend his lead to 7-3. In the sixth inning, Arizona exploded for four more runs with RBIs from Shockey, Skaggs and DiNardo pushed the score back up to a comfortable 11-3 lead and secured a spot in the semifinals.

Miranda Stoddard started strong with two scoreless innings, followed by Brooke Mannon coming on in relief and allowing a 2-run home run in the fourth inning. Aissa Silva came to the mound to relieve and shut out Washington for the final three innings, allowing just one run.

Semifinals: Friday, May 10th

Game 1: No. 18 Arizona vs. No. 6 UCLA at 7:30 p.m

ARizona's Pac-12 tournament run ended with a narrow 6-5 loss to No. 1 seed UCLA in the semifinals. The The Wildcats put up a solid fight, scoring seven hits, including two home runs and some great pitching from Mannonwho started the first two innings and returned in the fifth.

Both teams were quiet in the first two innings, but not for long as the Wildcats scored four runs in the third inning behind a 3-run home run by Scupin and a sac fly by Blaise Biringer. Two innings later, Arizona's lead would disappear The Bruins scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth. Two singles, a two-run homer and a bases-loaded walk gave UCLA a 6-4 lead.

In tIn the sixth, Dinardo came on again for the Wildcats and hit a home run to center field to cut Arizona's deficit to one run, but it wasn't enough as the Bruins defeated the Wildcats 6-5.

looking ahead

Arizona will await its fate at the NCAA Regionals on Selection Sunday. The selection show takes place on Sunday, May 12 at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Regional play begins later this week, May 16, and leads to the Women's College World Series, which begins May 30 in Oklahoma City.

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