Thursday night, No. 9 Arizona was nearly perfect against Stanford, with pitcher Alyssa Denham tossing her third career no-hitter in the Wildcats 9-0 five-inning run-rule of the Cardinal snapping their 10-game winning streak.
The Wildcats followed that up with another solid pitching performance by Hanah Bowen and scored six runs leading to a 6- victory over the Cardinal to improve to 20-5 on the season.
In the circle, Bowen has been a consistent force for the Wildcats with an ERA of 1.17 and 26 strikeouts in 24 innings of work.
Although Bowen didn’t toss a no-hitter against the Cardinal, she was able to keep their offense off-balanced, pitching a complete game giving up one run and two hits on 116 pitches with six strikeouts.
Offensively, The Wildcats were able to capitalize with runners on base going 6-for-19. With runners in scoring the position, Arizona hit .400, going 4-for-10 while leaving eight runners on base.
Freshman Carlie Scupin had been struggling at the plate coming into Friday’s game. Well, Scupin broke out of her hitting slump going 2-for-3 with two RBIs, with one of the hits being a triple.
Arizona will look for the doubleheader sweep with Mariah Lopez in the circle. As a reminder, the second game of the day will not count towards the conference record.
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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.