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Arizona softball: Strange things in game against Penn

2013-05-19T00:00:00Z 2014-07-02T12:09:20Z Arizona softball: Strange things in game against PennPatrick Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 19, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Near miss

It would have been, undoubtedly, the biggest win in Penn history.

"You'd have it to say it would," Penn coach Leslie King said. "It's a team like Arizona, with such a tremendous history."

This year marked the team's first NCAA tournament appearance.

When asked if they'd ever been on national television before this week, pitcher Alexis Borden smiled.

"Not at Penn," she said.

King said the exposure was "great for Penn," from recruiting to name recognition. "You'd be amazed" how many people confuse the Quakers with Penn State, she said.

She laughed that she still gets letters addressed to Robin Petrini, the Nittany Lions coach.

"Dear coach Petrini," she said, smiling.

The big number

6

Two-out runs scored by Baylor against Arizona in the Bears' 8-4 win.

What happened?

The Wildcats' game against Penn featured two of the strangest things you'll ever see on a softball field.

With two on in the first inning, UA catcher Chelsea Goodacre grounded to the Penn second baseman, who flipped the ball to second for a force. After the out was called, Goodacre started walking from first back to the dugout - even though the ball never went to first base.

Asked what happened, UA coach Mike Candrea shook his head.

"Ya got me," he said. "I was screaming."

As for Goodacre's thought process: "There wasn't any," he said.

Penn coach Leslie King said "there was a lot of screaming" in the dugout.

She was yelling "1! 1! 1!" to get the ball thrown back to first, where Penn tagged out Goodacre before she could return to the bag.

"I don't know what was going on her in her head," King said, "but in my head I was screaming 1-1-1."

Not to be outdone, home plate umpire Steve Arnold punched out Mandie Perez in the second inning - after strike 2. After realizing his mistake, he allowed Perez to remain at-bat. She grounded out on a full-count pitch.

Another big number

9

The Wildcats walked nine batters against Baylor, one off their season high this season.

Smart kid

Georgia Guttadauro balances school and softball.

She has to.

Penn's junior first baseman is enrolled in the school's prestigious Wharton School of Business.

"It's definitely doable," she said. "It's a good challenge."

Guttadauro said that, because of athletics, her days are "pretty scheduled" anyway.

"I think it helps me in school," she said.

Quotable

"I hope they got their feet propped up while they're doing it."

Texas A&M coach Jo Evans, on if she expected her Aggies to go home to watch the rest of the day's games on television.

Family affair

Ironwood Ridge High school grad Robin Landrith's athletic skill runs in the family.

The freshman - who hit .446 for IRHS last year - is the granddaughter of Hobie Landrith, a big-league catcher from 1950-63 for the Reds, Cubs, Cardinals, Giants, Mets, Orioles and Senators.

Like his granddaughter, Hobie Landrith was a catcher.

David Landrith, Robin's dad, played on the Arizona Wildcats' 1980 national championship team. He is the head coach at Flowing Wells High School.

Robin played second base in the Bears' game against the Wildcats after serving as the designated player against Texas A&M.

Johnny Heisman

The unofficial mayor of College Station, Texas, wasn't home all week.

Johnny Manziel, the reigning Heisman Trophy champion as the Aggies' quarterback, spent all week working with quarterbacks guru George Whitfield in San Diego. He even hung out with ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit during one of Whitfield's infamous beach workouts.

Manziel threw out the first pitch at Thursday's Padres-Nationals game. Rather than lob the ball from the mound, he bootlegged left, toward first base, and threw on the run. He flew back to Houston on Friday.

Another quotable

"We were prepared for it. We both seemed like we were a little more tired today than yesterday."

Baylor coach Glenn Moore, on the Bears and the Wildcats

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