Arizona’s softball team entered the weekend series at ASU mired in a seven-game conference losing streak, but the No. 13 Wildcats reversed their fortunes by winning the three-game series over their arch-rivals.
Arizona pitcher Taylor McQuillin battled to an eight-inning 4-2 win over No. 8 ASU tonight, allowing the Wildcats to take the series after they won Saturday 4-1 behind sophomore Alyssa Denham’s two-hitter.
That’s three straight series victories for Arizona over Arizona State 😼 https://t.co/PTbwhnePls
— Arizona Softball (@ArizonaSoftball) April 23, 2018
McQuillin (20-9) also had a two-hitter in the series opener Friday but ASU rallied in the seventh to win 2-1 with a walk-off double.
The win over ASU today improves Arizona’s record to 31-13 overall and 8-10 in the Pac-12. The Wildcats host New Mexico on Wednesday before playing a three-game series against Oregon State at Hillenbrand Stadium starting Friday.
The victory also tied the Territorial Cup standings between Arizona and ASU at 8 points. Outcomes yet to be decided: Men’s and women’s golf, baseball and men’s and women’s track and field. To clinch the Territorial Cup a school must achieve 11 points.
Arizona’s Alyssa Palomino belted her 15th home run of the season today, a two-run shot in the sixth inning that gave the Wildcats a 2-1 lead. Palomino now has 33 RBIs this season.
— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) April 23, 2018
After ASU tied the game at 2 in the bottom of the seventh on a homer by Marissa Stankiewicz, Arizona rallied in the top of the eighth to pull ahead.
A single by Palomino loaded the bases with one out before Jessie Harper hit a two-run single up the middle to give Arizona its 4-2 lead. Harper has 43 RBIs this season.
McQuillin closed the door on ASU in the bottom of the eighth by striking out two batters including one to finish the game.