Arizona third baseman Malia Martinez had six RBIs, including a grand slam, as the Wildcats run-ruled Stanford again, 13-2, on Saturday afternoon at Hillenbrand Stadium, completing their fifth Pac-12 sweep to start the season and extending their winning streak to 20 games.
The win improved No. 7 Arizona’s Pac-12 record to 15-0, which leads the conference ahead of UCLA (13-1) and Washington (14-4).
The Wildcats (38-7 overall) are off to their second-best Pac-12 start in UA history. Only the 1994 team’s 23-0 start in the Pac-10 is better. The Wildcats won the Women’s College World Series that year with a 63-3 record.
The 20-game winning streak ties for the 15th-longest in program history. The are tied with the 1995 and 2002 teams. Next are three 21-game winning streaks. Arizona plays at last-place Cal (2-13 in the Pac-12) next weekend.
Ten of Arizona’s 15 conference victories have ended via the mercy rule. The Wildcats have outscored their Pac-12 opposition 143-14 over the 15 wins. Arizona has also won nine straight Pac-12 series dating to last season.
Arizona Softball Longest Winning Streaks
|1.||47||4/28/1996||3/22/1997||WCWS title 1996 (58-9) and 1997 (61-5)|
|2.||34||5/20/1994||3/17/1995||WCWS title 1994 (61-3)/Runner-up 1995 (66-6)|
|34||2/6/2000||3/19/2000||WCWS third (59-9)|
|34||2/6/2004||3/20/2004||NCAA regional (55-6)|
|5.||32||5/31/1993||3/26/1994||WCWS title 1993 (44-8) and 1994 (61-3)|
|32||4/13/2001||2/9/2002||WCWS title 2001 (65-4)/Runner-up 2002 (55-12)|
|7.||31||2/2/2001||3/14/2001||WCWS title (65-4)|
|8.||29||4/4/1998||5/24/1998||WCWS runner-up (67-4)|
|9.||26||4/9/1997||5/23/1997||WCWS title (61-5)|
|26||3/3/2017||4/13/2017||NCAA super regional (52-9)|
|11.||25||5/26/1991||3/7/1992||WCWS title 1991 (56-16)/Runner-up 1992 (58-7)|
|12.||21||2/13/1993||3/12/1993||WCWS title (44-8)|
|21||5/25/1997||3/6/1998||WCWS title 1997 (61-5)/Runner-up 1998 (67-4)|
|21||2/4/2005||3/16/2005||WCWS fifth (45-12)|
|15.||20||4/14/1995||5/12/1995||WCWS runner-up (66-6)|
|20||2/15/2002||3/14/2002||WCWS runner-up (55-12)|
The Wildcats, who also had a home run by Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza today, tallied their 13 runs off Stanford behind nine hits and seven walks. Palomino-Cardoza, the leadoff hitter, went 2 for 3 to improve her batting average to .366. She has 14 homers with 51 RBIs this season.
🧹 FINAL » #7 Arizona 13, Stanford 2 (5 innings) 🧹
Martinez’s six RBIs gives her 50 this season with 12 home runs and a .364 batting average. Arizona has three players with at least 50 RBIs — Jessie Harper (55), Palomino-Cardoza (51) and Martinez (50). Dejah Mulipola has 49.
Arizona ace Taylor McQuillin improved to 17-5 with the victory. She carried a no-hitter into the fourth. She finished working four innings, allowing a run on two hits with two strikeouts and a walk. Gina Snyder worked the fifth inning, allowing a run on one hit with a strikeout and no walks.