TUCSON, Ariz. The Arizona Heat exploded in the first inning, scoring two runs on four hits, including two doubles, and never looked back while coasting to a 7-3 victory over the New England Riptide before 245 fans at Hi Corbett Field.
Arizonas Mo Triner picked up the victory despite giving up 13 hits to the Riptide. She pitched five strong innings before being relieved by Tarrah Beyster who earned the save.
Beyster also hit a solo-homerun in the bottom of the fifth inning extending the Arizona lead to 6-3 after New England scored twice in the top of the fifth.
Im seeing the ball really well and I feel really comfortable at the plate, said Beyster, whos monstrous shot over the left-center field wall ties her for first place in the league. (Leigh Ann Ellis) threw the ball where I really like it and it was high enough to get out.
Ellis, the starter on Sunday, came in to relieve Megan Mathews who started the game for the Riptide and earned the loss. She pitched 3 1/3 innings allowing eight hits and four runs while walking two.
Leading the Heat attack was center-fielder Cheryl Bolding who went 4-for-4 with two RBIs. Also helping out was right-fielder Jodi Otten who went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI with a double in the game.
Heat designated-hitter Wendy Allen added to her stats by hitting a double to give her a league-leading 10 on the season. She also leads the league in extra-base-hits with 13.
With the win, Arizona (17-34) moves to 3 ½ games within New England (21-31) for the fourth and final playoff spot in the NPF postseason.
Game three is set for tomorrow night at 7:35 with Danielle Henderson expected to start for the Heat in a pivotal match for both teams.
The Arizona Heat is part of the six-team National Pro Fastpitch softball league. They play their home games at Hi Corbett Field in Tucson, Arizona. For tickets or information about the team or league, call (520) 296-9595 or visit www.tucsonsoftball.com.