Arizona Softball

Candrea one win closer to 1,500 after Arizona’s mercy-rule win over Washington

Arizona’s fifth-ranked softball team helped head coach Mike Candrea earn his 1,499th career victory Saturday with its 12-0 mercy-rule victory against No. 6 Washington at Hillenbrand Stadium.

Candrea’s record in his 32nd season as Arizona’s head coach is 1,499-380-2 following the win in the game that lasted only 4 1/2 innings.

Candrea is the Division I wins leader and trails only Michigan’s Carol Hutchins (1,504 wins) in NCAA history. Hutchins is in her 36th year (including a season at lower NCAA division Ferris State).

The victory improved the Wildcats’ record to 31-1 overall and 5-0 in the Pac-12.

Taylor McQuillin allowed only two hits in her five innings against the Huskies, who lost in a no-hitter against Arizona ace Danielle O’Toole on Friday night. Washington entered the series as the No. 3 hitting team in the nation with an average of .361.

McQuillin struck out five and walked two. She is 10-0 with a 0.77 ERA.

Alyssa Palomino was 3 for 4 with four RBIs and a home run; Dejah Mulipola also went 3 for 4 with two RBIs.

O’Toole is 15-1 with a 0.74 ERA. She will take to the circle Sunday as Arizona will try to sweep the series.

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