Piñon Outdueled in 1-0 Loss at UCLA
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Sixth-ranked Arizona softball managed just two hits off of UCLA starter Ally Carda as the Bruins prevailed in a pitcher’s duel, 1-0 Saturday in the Pac-12 opener.
Estela Piñon (6-3) allowed a single run in her complete-game effort on a one-out, seeing eye single in the fourth inning. The senior allowed five hits in the game and struck out four batters while walking three.
Carda (14-1) allowed just two hits in the shutout, marking the fewest hits in a game for UA since being no-hit against Oregon on April 14, 2013. Carda struck out five and walked four in the game.
After the game had a combined three baserunners through three innings, UA (23-4, 0-1 Pac-12) threatened in the fourth. A single and two walks loaded the bases with one out. Carda would get out of the jam with a popout and a strikeout.
UCLA (24-1, 1-0 Pac-12) would get cash in on its scoring opportunity in the bottom of the inning. With two on and one out, Brittany Moeai placed a groundball perfectly out of the reach of Kellie Fox to score pinch runner Jessica Amaral from second.
The Wildcats appeared poised to tie the game in the sixth when Kelsey Rodriguez’s hard-hit groundball was stopped by a diving Gracie Goulder at second base to end the inning and keep Eva Watson, who was on third, from scoring the game’s tying run.
UA would get one final opportunity in the seventh. Lauren Young drew a walk to begin the inning and Katiyana Mauga reached on a one-out error to put the tying run in scoring position. Carda would get a flyout and a ground out to end the game.
The two teams meet again Sunday at noon on the Pac-12 Network for game two of the series.