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Arizona Wildcats Roundup: Softball Improves to 4-0 in Pac-12 With Win at Oregon State

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Arizona junior Jessie Harper hit two home runs, her Pac-12-best 14th and 15th of the season, as the 11th-ranked Wildcats mercy-ruled Oregon State, 9-1, in five innings on Friday evening at the Oregon State Softball Complex.

All nine of Arizona’s runs and all eight of its hits came after a 2:27 minute rain delay, which was initiated with nobody on and two out in the top of the second inning.

Arizona plated four runs in the third, one run in the fourth and four runs in the fifth to put away the Beavers. Oregon State scored one unearned run in the fourth inning.

Taylor McQuillin earned the win to improve to 10-5. The senior allowed one unearned run on just three hits with six strikeouts and no walks in the rain-interrupted start.

Harper brought in four runs with her two home runs to lead the Wildcat offense. Reyna Carranco, Malia Martinez, Rylee Pierce and Hannah Martinez also brought in runs for the Wildcats. Both Carranco and Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza extended their season-long hitting streaks to 11 games.

Harper’s two home runs were Arizona’s 52nd and 53rd of the season and increased the Wildcats NCAA lead in home runs a game. They average 1.83. Arizona’s 53 home runs are its most through 29 games since 2009 (61), while Harper’s 15 are the most through 29 games since at least 2003.

Arizona is 22-7 (4-0 in the Pac-12) with three run-rule victories over its perfect start in conference play. The three mercy wins already eclipse last year’s Pac-12 total of two. Oregon State fell to 17-8 (1-3 Pac-12).

Mike Candrea’s team is atop the Pac-12 standings with UCLA at 3-0 and ASU 3-1. The Wildcats host the Sun Devils next weekend at Hillebrand Stadium.

Baseball team loses to No. 1 UCLA 10-5

Arizona (13-8, 2-2) dropped its series opener against No. 1 UCLA (15-4, 3-1) on Friday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium.

The Wildcats jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a two-RBI double from third baseman Nick Quintana in the top of the first inning but could not hold on to the lead. Another rally in the top of the eighth – a three-run showing – represented the remainder of the Cats offense on the night.

Left fielder Matthew Dyer and catcher Austin Wells led the way on offense for the Wildcats. Dyer finished going 2-for-4 with a pair of runs and an RBI, while Wells put together a 2-for-4 performance with one run and two RBIs.

Arizona’s Nick Quintana had a two-run double in the Wildcats’ loss at UCLA on Friday (Arizona Athletics)

George Arias Jr. posted a strong relief appearance for Arizona in the late innings. The freshman right-hander entered the game in the bottom of the seventh and pitched the final two frames for the Wildcats. Arias Jr. worked two innings and allowed no hits while striking out a pair of Bruins batters.

Randy Labaut (2-2) got the start for Arizona and allowed seven runs on nine hits across 4.0 innings of work. He struck out four batters while throwing 82 pitches.

Arizona and UCLA will continue their series on this afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. The Wildcats will send right-handed pitcher Quinn Flanagan (3-0, 1.12 ERA) to the mound as they look to even the series.

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