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Impressive Numbers Highlight Arizona Wildcats’ Run Ahead of Stanford Series

Information from the Arizona media relations department contributed to this report.

The only number that matters is one — as in one national title, a feat that has eluded the Arizona Wildcats since 2007.

Leading up to that, impressive stats and winning streaks are compiled. The seventh-ranked Wildcats (35-7, 12-0 Pac-12) look to add to those numbers this weekend against No. 24 Stanford (30-7, 7-2) starting tonight in the start of a three-game series at Hillenbrand Stadium.

Games tonight and tomorrow night start at 6 and the game Saturday is at noon.

Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza (32) is congratulated at home plate by her teammates (Arizona Athletics photo)

Among the top 15 winning streaks in Arizona history — 20 wins in a row or more — 11 of them involved a Women’s College World Series champion and seven a WCWS runner-up team.

Arizona is currently on a 17-game winning streak which began 34 days ago with an 8-0 win (in six innings) over Oregon on March 15. You could say Arizona gave up losing for Lent.

Included in the 17-game winning streak are four Pac-12 sweeps, giving the Wildcats their third-best start in conference history, joining 2017 (13-0) and 1994 (23-0).

During Arizona’s 17-game winning streak:

  • The Wildcats have outscored their opponents 152-14.
  • Pitchers have allowed just nine earned runs and have thrown nine shutouts.
  • Pitchers have a 0.61 ERA (they are fifth in the NCAA with a 1.46 ERA this season).

In the Wildcats’ 12-0 start in the Pac-12:

  • They have outscored their Pac-12 opponents 114-11
  • They have a Pac-12-best 0.71 ERA in league games.
  • Arizona’s 114 runs scored already eclipse its 2018 24-game total of 93 runs scored.

Some other impressive stats (as of Wednesday):

  • The Wildcats lead the country in home runs (81), already surpassing their 2018 total of 75 that was sixth most in the country.
  • The 81 home runs exceed the number of total runs that UA’s pitchers have allowed all season (74).
  • Junior shortstop Jessie Harper is tied for the NCAA lead with a career-high 21 home runs. She is 10th in school history with 58 for her career, two away from becoming the fourth Wildcat in school history to hit her 60th career home run during her junior year.
  • Arizona’s offense is top 10 in the NCAA in home runs per game (first – 1.93), slugging percentage (second – .627), batting average (seventh – .341), scoring (seventh – 7.31) and on-base percentage (ninth – .421).
  • Arizona’s pitching staff is fifth in the country in ERA (1.46) and sixth in strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.39).
  • The pitching staff is led by Taylor McQuillin, who is 15-5 (including nine shutouts) this season with a 1.28 ERA. This week, McQuillin was the sixth overall selection in the 2019 NPF Draft by the Cleveland Comets.

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