A couple of Big Ten teams weren’t too impressed with No. 7-ranked Arizona’s torrid start to the softball season Friday.
The Wildcats, sporting a 20-1 record through Thursday, fell 3-0 to No. 5 Michigan and 7-5 to Wisconsin at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif.
UA could manage just four hits against Michigan’s Haylie Wagner (10-0) in the opener. Wagner struck out only one but didn’t allow an extra-base hit for the Wolverines (15-6).
Estela Piñon (4-2) took the loss despite allowing only one earned run in five innings.
Michigan pushed across runs in the second, sixth and seventh innings.
Arizona’s rally against Wisconsin in the second game fell short after the Badgers took a 7-2 lead in the sixth inning.
UA scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Mo Mercado hit a two-run homer, and Hallie Wilson singled in Cynthia Pelayo to make it 7-5.
Arizona put its first two batters on base in the bottom of the seventh, but Wisconsin pitcher Cassandra Darrah (5-5) retired three straight to give the Badgers (8-7) the win.
Mercado also hit a homer in the second. She had two hits in the game, as did Wilson and Kelsey Rodriguez.
Kenzie Fowler (3-1) took the loss, giving up four runs in 4ª innings.
Wisconsin managed only five hits in the game, but drew 10 walks — including six off Fowler.
Today, Arizona faces Cal State-Fullerton at 4 p.m. and Houston at 9 p.m. The Wildcats will then wrap up the Classic with a game against San Jose State at 11:30 a.m. Sunday.
The Wildcats came into the day having outscored opponents 186-17, and had run-ruled eight straight opponents during an overall 10-game winning streak.