Cats Use Balanced Attack to Improve to 8-0
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona defeated Seattle University, 9-1 in six innings, on Friday afternoon at Hillenbrand Stadium, improving to 3-0 in the Wildcat Invitational and 8-0 this season.
For the first time since 2014, Arizona has won six straight games by the mercy rule; in all seven of UA's eight wins this year have come in fewer than seven innings.
Arizona used a balanced offensive attack to overpower the Redhawks, scoring its nine runs on 12 hits. Nine different Wildcats had hits in the game and six different players drove in runs, including home runs by Jessie Harper, Dejah Mulipola and Hannah Martinez.
In the circle, Hanah Bowen improved to 2-0 this season, impressing in her first appearance since her week 1 no-hitter vs. New Mexico. Bowen allowed one run, a third-inning solo shot, on four hits and five strikeouts with just one walk. Arizona has yet to allow more than two runs in a game this year and has not allowed more than a single earned run in a game in 2021.
The Cats used a two-out, two-run single to score a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning to take the early lead.
Seattle cut the lead in half with a homer in the top of the third, but then UA responded with two long balls of its own in the home half. Mulipola led off the bottom of the second with a solo homer and then Hannah Martinez hit a two-run shot to put Arizona up 5-1 after three.
In the fourth, Arizona insured its lead with another three-spot. Jessie Harper hit her first homer of the season, and 77th of her career, before Carlie Scupin drove in a run with single, her 12th RBI of the season.
UA ended it via the mercy rule in the sixth, when Sharlize Palacios drove in Janelle Meoño to end the game.
Arizona improved to 8-0 on the season with the win.
It will be a battle of the unbeatens on Saturday at Hillenbrand Stadium when the Wildcats meet 6-0 Oregon State at 12 p.m. MST in a nonconference game. The full Wildcat Invitational schedule can be found here.