Arizona Softball

No. 2 Arizona rolls South Florida in another run-rule victory

After run-ruling Southern Florida on Saturday, No. 2 Arizona was looking to sweep the two-game series.

The Wildcats did just that by run-ruling the Bulls in back-to-back games in an 8-0 five-inning contest to improve to 12-0 on the season, extending a 23-game winning streak dating back to the 2020 shortened season.

Out of the 12 games Arizona has played this season, it has run-ruled 10 opponents and outscored the competition 108-13 with one game against Oregon State that ended 3-2 in eight innings.

Arizona struggled to get a run across through the first three innings of the game Sunday.

In the fourth inning, with one out, outfielder Janelle Meoño got things going with a single that sparked a five-run-rally featuring home runs by Dejah Mulipola (a two-run blast) and then Sharlize Palacios (a monster solo-shot). 

In the fifth inning, Arizona added three more runs, giving it an 8-0 lead thanks to another Mulipola blast. The U.S. Olympic team catcher has a team-leading six home runs and 22 RBIs this season.

Although Arizona didn’t allow a run, it wasn’t a clean game for starting pitcher Mariah Lopez, who struggled to find the strike zone during her 2 1/3 innings.

Lopez gave up just one hit but walked an alarming six batters and had a hit-by-pitch as well, which got her into tough situations. 

Mike Candrea turned to Alyssa Denham to get out of a third-inning jam, and she got two quick outs. She went on to finish the game going 2 2/3 innings while racking up six strikeouts and allowing only one hit. 

Arizona will continue its Florida road trip at Orlando, taking on No. 22 Central Florida, which is the Wildcats’ first ranked opponent of the season.

Arizona Softball Best Starts

SeasonStartFinishNote
200434-055-6Regional
200131-065-4WCWS champs
199431-064-3WCWS champs
199730-061-5WCWS champs
199527-066-6WCWS 2nd
199224-058-7WCWS 2nd
199321-044-8WCWS champs
200521-045-12WCWS 5th
199819-067-4WCWS 2nd
200615-054-11WCWS champs
201715-052-9Super Regional
202112-0TBDTBD
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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.

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