After sweeping a doubleheader against BYU and Colorado State on Thursday, Arizona looked to make it eight straight wins to open up the 2021 season.
Last time in the circle Hanah Bowen tossed her first career no-hitter. Although Bowen didn’t have a repeat performance, the Wildcats were able to curse to victory with a solid start and consistent offense, leading to a 9-1 run-rule in six innings of Seattle to improve to 8-0.
Bowen was solid for the Wildcats, going six innings while giving up one run on four hits while collecting five strikeouts. So far this season, she has been stellar for Arizona; in 11 innings of work, she has given up one run and four hits while racking up 10 strikeouts.
Arizona was able to get production throughout the whole lineup totaling 12 hits. Consistently after the first inning, Arizona added multiple runs in innings two through four before scoring the game-ending run in the sixth.
The long bomb was once again a factor in the game as Dejah Mulipola hit her fourth home run of the season, and then a couple of batters later, Hannah “Peanut” Martinez hit a two-run blast to break the game wide open.
The blast of the night came from senior Jessie Harper, who launched an opposite-field shot to right. Although the homer was a solo shot, it meant more for the history books as Harper hit her 77 career home run, passing former Wildcat Jenny Dalton and Longwood Lancer Megan Baltzell for tenth place in NCAA history.
Here’s an updated version of the NCAA all-time home run list:
NCAA Softball Home Run Career List
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Here are Harper and Bowen talking about the team’s performance and discussing what they have seen from the freshmen so far this season:
In the past three games, Arizona has been clutch, with runners in scoring position hitting .567 during this stretch of games. The Wildcats have outscored their opponents 70-6 for the season.
Here’s Mike Candrea talking about his team’s progression and discussing why Bowen has gotten off to a hot start in the circle:
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com writer Troy Hutchison hails from Tucson and is a lifelong Arizona Wildcats follower. He has been involved in sports journalism over the last two years while taking communications courses at Pima Community College.