Through her first two games in the circle for Arizona, senior Mariah Lopez, who made headlines during the offseason transferring from softball power Oklahoma, is performing to expectations.
She is 2-0 with wins yesterday over Kansas as a starter and Seattle as a reliever in the Kajikawa Classic at ASU in Tempe.
Lopez pitched a complete-game effort (five innings in a run-rule win) against former Big 12 foe Kansas before entering to pitch the final 2 2/3 innings against Seattle. She held Seattle scoreless while striking out five.
Combined in the two games, Lopez pitched 11 2/3 innings. allowing five hits with only one run while striking out 11 with three walks.
Here is an interview with Pac-12 Network after her win over Kansas:
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