Coming into the Wildcat Invitational, it looked like Arizona would have no problem sweeping the field even without starting catcher Sharlize Palacios.
Arizona did just that, taking all four games to improve to a record of 21-3 and winners of ten straight games right before heading into conference play. Although, it wasn’t always easy for Arizona as Boise State pushed the to the final inning in a game that ended by a walk-off home run from Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza.
In the final game against Indiana, Arizona was able to put all phases of the game from pitching to hitting winning comfortably 6-1.
In the circle, Alyssa Denham put together a strong six innings of work, giving up just giving up one hit, while collecting eight strikeouts on only 89 total pitches. Unfortunately, the lone hit Denham gave up was a solo shot breaking up a no-hitter in the fifth inning.
During the weekend, Denham pitched 13-innings giving up just one earned run and reeled in 15 strikeouts. After the weekend, her ERA now sits at 1.92 for the season.
Offensivley Arizona was able to keep rallies going and only left four runners on base. It was a good day at the plate for Palomino-Cardoza as she went 2-for-4 with a home run and an RBI.
One takeaway from the weekend is Arizona seems to be finding some success in the back in of its order. It is still inconsistent but, with Hannah “Peanut” Martinez and Bella Dayton getting on base, there are signs of progress.
While Palacios was out, it was a golden opportunity for Izzy Pacho to fine tune her skills as she had to catch every game during the weekend. It wasn’t the best week for her bat but, Pacho still drove in three runs and was solid behind the plate.
Coach Candrea gave an injury update on Palacios and when to expect her back.