After taking the first game against Stanford in a convincing 6-1 win, No. 9, Arizona looked to sweep Friday’s doubleheader.
The second game didn’t go as smoothly as the first, as the Cardinal were able to score three runs. The Wildcats found a way to secure a 5-3 victory to improve to 21-5 on the season.
In the circle, pitcher Mariah Lopez started the game and gave her team three strong innings on 31 pitches, giving up one run. Then, coach Mike Candrea went with freshman pitcher Devyn Netz to close out the game. Netz went four innings, giving up two runs on 58 pitches while striking out four batters.
Arizona was led by catcher Dejah Mulipola who went 2-for-4 with a home run and collected two RBIs. The Wildcats found a way to get runners on base, but they left 11 on and batted 3-for-16 in those situations, unlike the first game.
The middle of the Wildcats order with Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza, Mulipola, and Jessie Harper combined for 7-for-12 with five RBIs and three runs.
Arizona will look for the four-game series sweep against Stanford on Saturday at noon local time.
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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.