Bowen's No-No Highlights Saturday Sweep
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Hanah Bowen threw the 94th no-hitter in Arizona history in game vs. New Mexico in the early game; the Cats finished off the day with a run-rule win vs. Seattle University.
Arizona improved to 4-0 on the season with the sweep. The Hillenbrand Invitational wraps up on Sunday; the Cats play in the final game of the event vs. Southern Utah at 3 p.m. MST.
Game 1: #4 Arizona 12, New Mexico 0 (5 innings)
Only a second-inning hit batter separated Hanah Bowen from a perfect game, but the junior pitcher faced the minimum number of batters in her first-career no-hitter, the 94th in Arizona history. Bowen allowed just one base runner, which was promptly erased by a double play.
She retired the final 10 batters she faced and struck out five in her first start of 2021. Bowen was supported by the best offensive game of the young season for the Cats.
Arizona scored early and often on Saturday, plating multiple runs in every inning -- three runs in the first, four runs in the second, three runs in the fourth and two runs in the fourth -- on its way to a 12-0, five-inning victory over New Mexico. The UA offense scored its 12 runs on 11 hits without a home run. UA also took advantage of nine walks issued by a pair of New Mexico pitchers.
Sharlize Palacios continued her hot start at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a team-most three RBI. Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza also had multiple hits in the game, going 2-for-2 with a walk, and is now hitting .700 on the season. Jessie Harper tied her career high with three walks and scored three runs in the game.
Four Wildcat freshmen recorded their first career hits in the game. Aris Carroll, Guilia Koutsoyanopulos, Allie Skaggs and Jasmine Perezchica all notched career hit No. 1 in the contest. Carroll's single, a fourth-inning single, brought home a run for her first-career RBI.
Game 2: #4 Arizona 10, Seattle U 2 (5 innings)
Senior catcher Dejah Mulipola hit her first two home runs back in an Arizona uniform, driving in five in the process, as the Wildcats mercied their third opponent of the weekend with a 10-2, five-inning win over Seattle University.
After the Wildcats plated their 12 runs without a homer in the early game vs. New Mexico, they relied on the long ball in the late game, with Mulipola (x2), Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza and Malia Martinez all homering, combining for eight RBI in the process. The trio enters Sunday tied for the UA lead with two home runs each so far this season.
Alyssa Denham picked up the win the circle, the second of the season and 50th of her career. Denham allowed two runs, both unearned, on six hits. She struck out eight and did not walk a batter in the game.
Palomino-Cardoza posted another multi-hit game for the Cats, her third in four games this year; the senior went 2-for-2 with two RBI and three runs scored. She is hitting .700 this season for the Cats.