Arizona Softball

Arizona, UCLA Tied Atop Pac-12 Softball Standings With Two Weeks Remaining

Arizona’s media relations department contributed to this report.

No. 5 Arizona and No. 2 UCLA are each 17-1 in the Pac-12 following this weekend’s games, including the Wildcats’ 4-1 win at California on Sunday.

The Wildcats (40-8) host No. 4 Washington (39-7, 14-4) in a three-game series next weekend at Hillenbrand Stadium before playing three games at UCLA (43-2) in two weeks to close the regular season. The Bruins travel next weekend to Palo Alto, Calif., to play Stanford in three games.

The Wildcats plated two runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth to erase a 1-0 deficit and take home a series win against the Golden Bears.

Arizona scored four late runs, ending a 15-scoreless-inning streak by the Golden Bear pitchers dating to Friday.

Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza doubled in two runs to end the drought in the top of the fifth to give the Wildcats the lead, and then Rylee Pierce insured the lead with a two-run home run in the sixth. They were two of Arizona’s 11 hits in the game; Palomino-Cardoza, Reyna Carranco, Pierce and Hannah Martinez all had two-hit efforts.

Rylee Pierce celebrates her two-run home run at Cal (Arizona Athletics photo)

The late offense supported Taylor McQuillin’s second complete-game of the weekend. After allowing a run on three hits in the first inning, McQuillin settled in to shut the Golden Bears down the rest of the way. In all, she allowed one run on seven hits with eight strikeouts and did not walk a batter. McQuillin improved to 19-5 on the season.

Arizona reached the 40-win plateau for the sixth straight season and 32nd overall in program history.

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