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Fowler sharp as No. 1 Arizona wins softball opener


The Arizona Wildcats softball team, ranked No. 1 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll, won its season-opener Thursday night behind the stellar pitching of sophomore Kenzie Fowler.

Fowler pitched a three-hitter as Arizona defeated Indiana 4-0 at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe. Fowler struck out 12 and walked one.

The Wildcats scored a run in the first inning on a one-out double by senior catcher Stacie Chambers, driving in senior outfielder Lauren Schutzler. Schutzler had walked and advanced to second when Brigette Del Ponte was hit by a pitch.

UA added a run in the sixth when pinch-runner Chelsea Suitos went from second to third base on a wild pitch, later scoring on a passed ball.

The Wildcats scored twice more in the seventh on a ground out and an error.

Arizona will play twice Friday at the Tempe Sports Complex. The Cats take on future Pac-12 foe Utah at 4:30 p.m. and then Nebraska at 7 p.m.

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