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No. 11 Arizona clinched the series over Oregon State in the second game of the three-game series with an 11-4 victory through steady rain on Saturday afternoon at the OSU Softball Complex in Corvallis, Ore.
The win improved Arizona to 23-7 overall and 5-0 in league play. The Wildcats have scored at least eight runs in all five of those wins. Arizona’s 5-0 Pac-12 mark is just the second time in the last 15 years that the Wildcats have won their first five conference games.
They also did it in 2017, when they won the Pac-12 with an 18-6 record and finished 52-9 overall before losing in the Tucson Super Regional to Baylor in a heartbreaker, 2-1 in games.
Jessie Harper homered again against Oregon State, her third of the series and 16th of the season, a grand slam, four of her five RBI in the game to lead the offense. Malia Martinez added a three-run homer, her fifth of the season.
Hanah Bowen (2-0) picked up the win in a near-perfect relief appearance for her first career Pac-12 win. Bowen pitched the final 4 2/3 innings of the game and allowed just one baserunner, a sixth-inning double, while striking out three. She entered in relief of Gina Snyder, who gave up four runs, three earned, on three hits with two strikeouts and two walks in 2 1/3 innings.
The Wildcats backed up their two pitchers with 11 runs on 11 hits, Arizona’s eighth double-digit-run output this season. Five of Arizona’s 11 hits went for extra bases. In addition to Harper and Martinez’s home runs, Reyna Carranco and Rylee Pierce doubled while Harper hit her first triple of the season.
Carranco had three hits, extending her hitting streak to a career-long 12 games. Her three hits mark her team-best fifth game with three hits this season and 17th with multiple hits. She upped her batting average to a team-best .460.
Arizona tries for the sweep of Oregon State today at noon on the Pac-12 Networks.
Baseball comes up short 12-10 at No. 1 UCLA
Arizona (13-9, 2-3) dropped a back-and-forth offensive affair with the UCLA Bruins (16-4, 4-1) on Saturday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
The Arizona offense once again scored in the opening frame and followed it up with two big innings later. The Wildcats scored six in the top of the third inning and three in the top of the fifth.
Arizona’s six-run outburst in the top of the third inning was highlighted by home runs to left field from second baseman Cameron Cannon and third baseman Nick Quintana. Cannon’s, a three-run jack, was his team-leading fifth of the year, while Quintana’s two-run shot was his second home run on the season.
Quintana led the offense, finishing the afternoon going 2-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBIs. His RBI single in the top of the fifth inning tied the game at 8.
Joining Quintana with multiple hits was center fielder Donta Williams (2 for 5, two runs, RBI) and shortstop Jacob Blas (2 for 3 with a run).
Zach Sherman (1/3 inning pitched), Gil Luna (1/3), and Jonathan Guardado (2/3) all notched scoreless relief outing for the Wildcats. Freshman right-hander Quinn Flanagan got the start and allowed seven runs on eight hits in 3 innings of work.
The Wildcats and Bruins close out their three-game series on Sunday afternoon at Jackie Robinson Stadium, with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.
Pahlitzsch, Women’s Relay Set Top-10 NCAA Marks
Saturday saw the conclusion of the Aztec Invitational in San Diego and the day was highlighted by Karolina Pahlitzsch, who clocked a personal-best and top-10 NCAA time in the 400-meter dash.
Pahlitzsch clocked a time of 53.83 in the 400-meter dash to set a new personal record in the event. She finished first overall and set the No. 2 mark in the Pac-12 Conference and the No. 8 mark on the NCAA list. Shannon Meisberger followed with a time of 54.42 to finish fourth.
The women’s 4×400-meter relay team of Tatum Waggoner, Meisberger, Neysia Howard, and Pahlizsch clocked a season-best time of 3:38.10 to win the event. The squad’s time is good for the No. 7 mark on the NCAA list and is No. 1 mark on the Pac-12 list.
On his final throw, sophomore Jordan Geist threw a mark of 54.24 meters (177 feet, 11 inches) to win the discus throw. In the women’s shot put, Megan Dulaney took fourth with a mark of 14.70 meters (48 feet, 2.75 inches). Amarissa Hawker followed with a toss of 14.52 meters (47 feet, 7.75 inches) to finish fifth.
Justice Summerset finished first in the high jump with a clearance of 2.16 meters (7 feet, 1 inch). On the women’s side, Diana Ramos took seventh in the high jump with a clearance of 1.72 meters (5 feet, 7.75 inches). Tiana Poirier-Shelton took third in the long jump with a leap of 5.94 meters (19 feet, 6 inches) and Mohammad Almarhoun took third in the men’s long jump.
Arizona women finish 14th at NCAA Swimming and Diving
Arizona finishes 14th with 101.5 points, six places and over double the point total from a season ago, in the NCAA meet that concluded Saturday at Austin, Texas.
The Wildcats have not placed in the top 15 nor broke 100 points since 2016. They earned All-America honors in two events and nine All-American Honorable Mentions in total, four more than last season.
Arizona coach Augie Busch said he was proud about the performance of the women throughout the meet.
“I am so proud of these women. Improving six spots in the team standings, more than doubling our points from last year, is an incredible achievement,” he said. “Our seniors lead the way all year with great leadership. They have left an indelible legacy not only with their results, but with the way they leave our team culture. I cannot thank them enough. We leave this meet feeling very confident about the direction of our team.”
All-American Delaney Schnell, a Tucson High graduate, finished fourth in the platform with 321.45 points. This is the sophomore’s third All-America honor of the meet and first career accolade in the event.
Mallory Korenwinder placed 53rd in the 200 breast with 2:12.91, a season-best for the junior.