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Arizona softball wins first round of NCAA Tournament – The Daily Wildcat

No. 17 Arizona Softball defeated the University of Villanova 9-4 on Sunday, May 19, to advance to the Super Regionals of the NCAA Softball Tournament.

In the last game of the Regional in Arkansas, Arizona again played Villanova, who it had played against on Friday, May 17 and beaten 14-3.

Arizona was named the home team and sent out Miranda Stoddard as the starting pitcher for the Wildcats.

After a quick start in the first inning, he only faced three batters Villanovathe wildcats scored 1 run off senior second baseman Allie Skaggs Hit a sacrifice fly score Regan Shockey from the third party.

Once again with the early lead Arizona The defense fought this off Villanova Batters again in the second half, allowing no runs on one hit and one error Arizona shortstop Tayler Biehl.

Down in the second Arizona extended its lead over Villanova with an RBI from Kaiah Altmyer and a 2-run home run from Dakota Kennedy, giving the Wildcats a 4-0 lead.

Arizona scored three more runs in the bottom of the third inning after Skaggs led off a home run and Biehl hit an RBI triple.

Arizona The bombardment was eventually dissipated in the upper part of the district Villanova attempted a comeback and scored 4 runs in the inning. Arizona was forced to change pitchers more than once Stoddard to Brook Mannon, but twice, from Mannon to Aissa Silva. However, this rotation was just a repeat of the first game Silva finished the game for the Wildcats and gave up no more runs.

Arizona, but it wasn't finished yet. In the bottom of the fifth inning Arizona added two more runs to his lead after solo home runs by Emily Schepp and Kennedy, her second day.

With a 9-4 lead, Arizona closed the game early in the seventh inning, allowing seven hits and two errors.

Looking ahead:

Arizona now travels to Stillwater Oklahoma next week for the Super Regional, which is a three-game series against No. 5 Oklahoma State University. Oklahoma, Like the Wildcats, they remained undefeated regionally ahead of the University of Kentucky, which had just been eliminated from the top 25 rankings, and the University of Michigan.


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