After suffering its first loss of the season to Central Florida in pitchers’ dual, Arizona looked to bounce back against Florida A&M on Wednesday, with Hanah Bowen in the circle.
The Wildcats (13-1) exploded in the first two innings for six runs and cruised to a 12-0 run-rule victory.
Arizona was sparked on the offensive end thanks to super seniors Jessie Harper and Dejah Mulipola, who hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning to give the Wildcats an early 2-0 lead.
In the second inning, Harper made history as she blasted a grand slam to put the team up 6-0. The home run gave her 80, passing Washington Huskies’ Kristen Rivera for ninth in NCAA history.
Harper ended the game with two home runs and six RBIs as the team added two more runs in the fourth inning to secure the victory.
After a slow start to the season, Harper seems to be hitting her stride and is now batting .390 with four home runs and 14 RBIs.
Here’s a chart of the NCAA career home run list with Harper now 15 away from tying Oklahoma’s Lauren Chamberlain for the record:
NCAA Softball Home Run Career List
In the circle, Arizona had Bowen starting the game before freshmen Devyn Netz and Jessie Fontes finished it off. The trio was stellar for the Wildcats, going five innings, giving up two hits while racking up eight strikeouts.
Arizona will now play No. 16 Florida State in a three-game series to end its Florida road trip. Here’s the video from Mike Candrea‘s weekly press conference talking about the trip and the upcoming series:
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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.