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Scupin's Slam, Harper's Homer Lead Cats Past BYU

Feb 27, 2021

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Third-ranked Arizona Softball scored 11 runs over the final four innings, using an eight-run third to overwhelm BYU in an 11-3, six-inning victory on Saturday afternoon the Wildcat Invitational.

The Wildcats were scheduled to play Oregon State at noon on Saturday in the tournament, but when Colorado State had to withdraw from the Wildcat Invitational due to COVID-related procedures, Saturday and Sunday's schedules were completely re-written, with a last minute change forcing the Cats to wait around two hours to play BYU at 2 p.m. 

It took the Wildcat bats two innings to wake up, but when they did, they did so in a big way. Arizona scored eight runs in the third, one in the fourth and two runs in the sixth to pick up its seventh straight run-rule win and improve to 9-0 on the season for the first time since 2017.

Carlie Scupin continued her torrent stretch, hitting a third-inning grand slam, her team-best fifth home run, all coming in the last five games. She has 16 RBI in those five games, including 14 in four games in the Wildcat Invitational.

Jessie Harper also homered for the Cats, her second straight game with a home run. It was a mirror image of her opposite-field shot on Friday and gave her 78 for her career.

In all, the Cats scored their 11 runs on 12 hits. Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza, Dejah Mulipola, Malia Martinez and Sharlize Palacios all had two hits and at least one RBI. Palacios' RBI double in the bottom of the sixth ended the game via the mercy rule.

In the circle, Mariah Lopez picked up the win to improve to 3-0 on the season. The senior allowed three runs on five hits. She struck out four and did not walk a batter.

The Cats are back it on Sunday when they take on Oregon State at 11 a.m. MST in the modified Wildcat Invitational schedule. It will be a nonconference game vs. a familiar foe. Oregon State is 6-1 this year and owns a 1.04 team ERA.