Cats Blank Cal in Run-Rule Victory on Saturday
TUCSON, Ariz. -- No. 9 Arizona run-ruled Cal, 9-0 in five innings on Saturday night in Hillenbrand Stadium, extending its home winning streak to 29 straight games at Hillenbrand Stadium.
The Wildcats (32-8, 10-5 Pac-12) used a trio of home runs -- including a walkoff grand slam fom Hannah Martinez -- to take down the Golden Bears (16-13, 3-7 Pac-12). Dejah Mulipola and Carlie Scupin had the other two home runs for the Cats. Mulipola reclaimed the team lead with 15 home runs this season; she added to her team lead with two RBI, giving her 47 this season.
Scupin's blast, a fourth inning solo homer, landed on top of Gittings Gym, a multistory building beyond right field. Scupin is believed to be the seventh player in the Gittings Club, joining Leneah Manuma, Jenae Leles, Stacie Chambers, Shelby Pendley, Chelsea Goodacre and Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza.
Hanah Bowen (7-1) kept the Golden Bears off the scoreboard with her second shutout of the season, Arizona's Pac-12-leading 14th as a team. The junior gave up six hits and walked two, but stranded eight Cal runners in the game. She struck out one in the complete-game effort.
Janelle Meoño strengthened her Pac-12 batting average lead with a 3-for-3 day at the plate, extending her hitting streak to 26 games, four shy of the Arizona record. Meoño is hitting .468 this season.
Arizona opened the scoring with a run in the bottom of the first on a Sharlize Palacios fielder's choice, her first of two RBI on the day.
In the third, Mulipola lifted a two-run homer to right-center.
In the fourth, after Bowen wiggled out of a bases-loaded jam in the top half, Scupin hit the Gittings Bomb to put the Cats up four after four.
Arizona put up a five-spot in the fifth to end the game. Palacios got the party started with an RBI single. Four batters later, after a Cal error extended the inning, Hannah Martinez hit her first career grand slam. It was Martinez's third homer of the year and eighth of her career.
Arizona will close out the two-game series with Cal on Sunday at noon.