Arizona Softball

No. 2 Arizona smacks USF to open the Florida road trip

No. 2 Arizona played its first road game of the season Saturday as it headed to Florida to play seven games in eight days, starting with South Florida.

The Wildcats kept their explosive offense going, run-ruling the Bulls 11-1 in five innings to improve to 11-0.

Mike Candrea‘s team took advantage of 10 home games, dominating the competition by run-ruling eight games, after a season-opening invitational at Texas was canceled because of inclement weather.

Arizona has now outscored its opponents 100-13 in its 11-game winning streak.

Alyssa Denham continued her dominance in the circle against South Florida going five innings on 70 pitches while striking out six batters and giving up just one run on three hits. Denham has been one of the team’s most consistent pitchers leading the team in ERA (0.48) and strikeouts (31) in 29 innings.

Redshirt freshman Janelle Meoño got things going for Arizona in the leadoff spot by going 3-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base, giving the heart of the order at-bats with runners on base. 

The Wildcats received home runs from Sharlize Palacios (her third of the season), Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza (third) and Allie Skaggs (who hit her first collegiate home run) with all three coming in the top of the fifth inning, when the team scored nine runs.
The home run by Skaggs, who is a former Ironwood Ridge star, was a three-run blast.

With runners on base, Arizona went 6-for-18. The Wildcats have been hot at the plate with an impressive team batting average of .382, which is seventh in the NCAA.

Arizona will face South Florida on Sunday at 11 a.m. looking to improve to 12-0 on the season and extend a 22-game winning streak that dates back to the shortened 2020 season.

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