SOFTBALL: Cats win opener 9-1; 2nd game postponed

Mike Candrea discusses decision by Caitlin Lowe to move on from Taryne Mowatt

UA beats Utah Tech but rain claims scheduled contest with Northern Colorado

TUCSON — Carlie Scupin homered as Arizona began their 50th anniversary season with a 9-1 five-inning run-rule win Thursday over Utah Tech in a cold rainy opener to the Candrea Classic at Hillenbrand Stadium.

The weather escalated after the completion of the opener forcing the second and third scheduled games of the day between the Wildcats and Northern Colorado and the Bears and Utah Tech to be postponed.

Freshman Regan Schockey drove in a pair of runs in her first collegiate game. Kaiah Altmeyer also had two RBI.

Kentucky transfer Miranda Stoddard got the start in the circle for the Wildcats. She allowed a run on four hits in 4.2 innings pitched.

The Wildcats (1-0) begin the 2024 season with a new pitching coach in Christian Conrad and a slew of injuries in the circle. Top returning starters Devyn Netz and Sydney Somerndike are both out for an undisclosed amount of time. To make matters worse, the program announced on Wednesday that freshman pitcher Ryan Maddox, the Gatorade Player of the Year from California, will miss the entire the season after having foot surgery.

Caitlin Lowe is in her third season as head coach. UA is pre-season unranked for the first time in forever coming off missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 35 years.

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