Arizona Softball

Wilson leads Cats past San Jose St.

2014-03-10T00:00:00Z 2014-03-10T00:14:47Z Wilson leads Cats past San Jose St.Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 10, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Hallie Wilson is proving to be the perfect leadoff hitter.

The University of Arizona junior went 2 for 3 with a walk Sunday in the No. 7-ranked Wildcats’ 8-1 win over San Jose State at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif.

Wilson is batting .456 with a .589 on-base percentage this year.

Wilson scored twice and drove in two Sunday. She scored the game’s first run in the first inning when Kelsey Rodriguez singled her in.

Wilson tripled in the win, as did Kellie Fox, who leads the team with a .591 on-base percentage.

Chelsea Suitos and Katiyana Mauga also had two hits in the win. Chelsea Goodacre drove in a run on a sacrifice fly, giving her a team-leading 40 RBIs in just 67 at-bats.

UA is hitting .389 as a team this year and has outscored opponents 220-33.

Nancy Bowling (6-0) stayed perfect by tossing five innings and allowing one run on four hits. She is tied for the team lead in wins with Estela Piñon, who pitched two scoreless innings to wrap up the win.

Arizona went 3-2 at the Classic, winning its last three after losing to No. 5 Michigan and Wisconsin on Friday.

In Saturday’s late game, Arizona rallied to beat Houston 6-5 in nine innings.

With UA down 5-3 in the sixth, Goodacre hit her 11th homer of the year, a solo shot. In the seventh, Wilson hit an RBI single to tie the game at 5.

Lauren Young gave UA the lead in the top of the ninth with a sacrifice fly that scored Mo Mercado.

Houston had taken the lead with a four-run fifth inning.

Piñon (4-2) earned the win in relief by allowing just one unearned run in 4º innings.

Wilson went 3 for 5 with two RBIs and a walk for the Wildcats. UA stranded 15 runners, its most since 2007, in the win.

The Wildcats next visit No. 3 UCLA for a three-game series that begins Saturday. All three-games will air on Pac-12 Arizona.

Includes material from a news release

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