“I just had to stay calm and stick to my game plan. I’m never comfortable going up with the bases loaded, but I had to play for my team. As a senior, any game can be my last, and I just want to keep going.” — Kristen Arriola
NOTES: The Wildcats’ senior second baseman sure looked comfortable, however, when she knocked a grand slam over the left center field fence Friday night in Arizona’s 11-0 victory over North Dakota State in a first-round game of the NCAA Softball Championship Regional. It was Arriola’s third grand slam of the season, and ninth home run overall. Arriola’s six RBIs in the game matched a career high against UTEP in March 2009. … The Wildcats advance to meet Notre Dame (39-14) in the winner’s bracket game at 3 p.m. Saturday at Hillenbrand Stadium.