Cats Complete Four-Game Sweep of Utes
TUCSON, Ariz. -- No. 10 Arizona Softball finished off its four-game sweep of Utah on Sunday, taking down the Utes, 3-2 in game 4 of the series.
The Wildcats improved to 31-8 (9-5 Pac-12) on the season -- including a perfect 22-0 at home -- with the sweep. UA has won 28 straight games dating back to last season.
After Arizona's offense was the story on Friday and Saturday, it was Hanah Bowen outdueling a pair of Utah pitchers that stole the show on Sunday. The UA junior allowed two runs on six hits in the complete-game gem. She fanned three -- including two in a 1-2-3 shutdown seventh inning -- and walked a pair in the game. Bowen improved to 6-1 with the win.
Utah scored in the top of the first on a two-out solo homer to grab the early lead.
Arizona responded in the bottom of the second when Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza led off the frame with her 50th career double -- ninth most in Arizona history -- and then scored on Carlie Scupin's sixth RBI of the weekend, a single through the right side. Scupin finished the weekend 6-for-8 (.750) with a double and two home runs.
The 1-1 tie stood until the the bottom of the fifth. UA loaded the bases with nobody out for Reyna Carranco, who put the Cats ahead with an RBI fielder's choice. Dejah Mulipola followed with an RBI double to put the Cats on top, 3-1.
Utah quickly responded in the sixth. A leadoff triple followed by a sacrifice fly cut UA's lead to 3-2.
After Arizona was unable to insure its lead in the bottom of the sixth despite having runners on the corners with nobody out, Bowen shut the door in the seventh with a 1-2-3 inning in which she struck out the first two batters.
- Janelle Meoño went 2-for-3, extending her hitting streak to 25 games. She is two games shy of etching her name into the NCAA record books and five games shy of Amy Chellevold's 1994 school-record of 30 games.
- Reyna Carranco went 1-for-2 with an RBI in the game and went 8-for-11 (.727) vs. Utah. In her second full weekend back from a broken bone in her hand, Carranco leads the team with a .529 average in Pac-12 play.
- Arizona's 28-game home winning streak is tied for the fourth longest in school history and is the longest since UA won 71 straight from 2000-2002.
- The NCAA will make its decision on Monday on the 16 sites for the NCAA Tournament this May. Arizona submitted a bid and is hoping to be awarded a site. Arizona has hosted regionals 24 times in school history, including each of the last three years.