Arizona Softball

Arizona Wildcats Complete Fifth Straight Pac-12 Sweep, Extend Winning Streak to 20 Games

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

No. W Start End Note
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)
20 3/15/2019 ??? ???

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.

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.

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