Information for this report was provided by the Arizona media relations department.
Seventh-ranked Arizona got a three-hit shutout from ace Taylor McQuillin, her fifth in seven Pac-12 starts, and the Wildcats won their 18th straight game, 7-0 over Stanford on Thursday night to begin a three-game series at Hillenbrand Stadium.
Arizona is 36-7 overall and 13-0 in Pac-12 play. Only one team in Arizona history has started conference play 14-0 – the 1994 Wildcats that won their first 23 Pac-10 games and went on to capture the Women’s College World Series title with a 61-3 record.
This year’s Wildcats will look to start 14-0 in the Pac-12 with a win on Friday at 6 p.m. against No. 24 Stanford (30-8, 7-3) in the second game of the series. The last game of the series is Saturday at noon.
Arizona, the nation’s leader in home runs entering Thursday, scored all seven of its runs on three homers in the game. Reyna Carranco and Dejah Mulipola each hit three-run shots while Hillary Edior belted a solo shot.
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The game was scoreless entering the bottom of the third before Arizona used the long ball in three consecutive innings to break open the game. The Wildcats now lead the NCAA with 84 home runs this season.
McQuillin improved to 16-5, winning her eighth straight start. In those eight starts, dating back to the beginning of Pac-12 play, McQuillin has thrown six shutouts and has not allowed more than three hits in any of them (all complete games). On Thursday, she struck out five and walked one while allowing three hits – all singles.