No. 9 Arizona entered its road trip against Stanford coming off a four-game sweep of Oregon State, and in the series, the Wildcats blasted 12 home runs for 33 runs.
In comparison, the Cardinal won their last 10 games and held the Pac-12’s second-best ERA at 1.26, making for an interesting series of offense versus defense.
The bats traveled for Arizona in game one as its offense put nine runs across the plate, winning a dominating 9-0 five inning run-rule game to improve to 19-5 on the season.
Offensively for Arizona, it was the Malia Martinez Show. Martinez went 2-for-2 with two home runs and seven RBIs in two at-bats, hitting a grand slam and a three-run blast later in the game.
Martinez, before Thursday night, had been struggling at the plate and hadn’t hit a home run since Feb. 21 against Southern Utah.
Alyssa Denham had a tremendous bounce-back game in the circle after struggling against Oregon State last time out. Denham was so great that she tossed her third career no-hitter. Against the Cardinal, she went five innings on 57 pitches and did not have a strikeout.
The Cardinal were able to get two runners on from errors that allowed them to get on base. Arizona left a total of five base runners but went 5-for-10 with runners on and two outs.
Friday, Arizona will play a doubleheader against Stanford for a chance to win the series and look for wins 20 and 21.
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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.