Scupin Homers Thrice, Cats Sweep Thursday Doubleheader
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Carlie Scupin hit three home runs over two games on Thursday, her second, third and fourth of the last three games dating back to last weekend, as the Cats run-ruled their first two opponents in the Wildcat Invitational. Third-ranked Arizona beat BYU 12-0 in five innings and then Colorado State, 9-1 in six innings in the nightcap. Scupin drove in a combined nine runs on the night.
Arizona improved to 7-0 on the season, winning six of the seven games via the mercy rule, including five straight run-rule victories for the first time since 2017. UA is back in action on Friday at 3 p.m. vs. Seattle University as the Wildcat Invitational continues.
Game 1: #3 Arizona 12, BYU 0 (5 innings)
Arizona started the Wildcat Invitational with a bang, plating 12 runs in the bottom of the first and cruising from there in a 12-0, five-inning win over BYU in UA's first game on Thursday.
The Wildcats scored their 12 runs in the first 13 batters of the game, using a pair of home runs, a three-run shot from Carlie Scupin and a grand slam from Dejah Mulipola, who had six RBI in the frame, to do the heavy lifting. It marked the first time since April 20, 2019 that Arizona scored 10-plus runs in an inning (12 vs. Stanford).
In the circle, Alyssa Denham was her usual dominant self, throwing a two-hit shutout with five strikeouts and no walks. She improved to 3-0 this season and has yet to allow an earned run over three complete games.
In all, the Cats scored their 12 runs on 12 hits, and did so without All-American second baseman Reyna Carranco, who injured her hand on Wednesday and is out indefinitely. Her replacement at second base, Hanah Bowen, had two hits and a walk in the game. She was one of four Wildcats with multiple hits in the contest; Jessie Harper went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored, Mulipola went 2-for-3 with six RBI and her 50th career home run and Carlie Scupin went 2-for-3 with a homer.
Game 2: #3 Arizona 9, Colorado State 1
Carlie Scupin had her first multi-homer game of her career, hitting three-run homers in each of her first two at-bats, leading the Cats to a 9-1, six-inning win vs. Colorado State on Thursday night.
Mariah Lopez struck out seven in dominant outing, allowing one run, a second-inning solo homer, on five hits. She improved to 2-0 on the season with the complete-game victory.
Arizona fell in an early hole, trailing 1-0 entering the bottom of the second, but scored four in the second and three in the third to take control of the game. UA scored a run on an error in the fifth and then walked off on a bases-loaded single by Malia Martinez.
The Cats scored their nine runs on nine hits and drew six walks against a pair of Colorado State pitchers. Dejah Mulipola tied a career high with three walks in four plate appearances while Isabella Dayton drew two walks and reached base in three of her four plate appearances in her first career start in the leadoff spot in the UA order.