Second-ranked Arizona on Friday night bounced back after losing the first game of the series at No. 16 Florida State thanks to pitcher Mariah Lopez, who pitched a gem in a 1-0 victory.
Arizona (14-2) dropped the series opener 4-2 against the Seminoles in a game that featured a rough first inning for Mike Candrea‘s squad.
Throughout the early part of the season, Lopez had struggled to find the strike zone and gave up solid contact to opponents. During her first three starts of the year, she allowed home runs at an alarming rate with four in three games.
She’s fanned seven through six scoreless innings!
We’ll look to insure a 1-0 lead in the top of the seventh with Hanah Bowen, Allie Skaggs and Janelle Meoño. pic.twitter.com/Z1C1ZtxHTU
— Arizona Softball (@ArizonaSoftball) March 13, 2021
Against the Seminoles, Lopez dominated the game, throwing a complete game shutout on 112 pitches. She had nine strikeouts while giving up only three hits and a walk. She did not allow an extra-base hit to FSU.
Arizona couldn’t get the offense going against pitcher Caylan Arnold scratching across five hits.
In the fourth inning, the Wildcats were able to get something going. Catcher Sharlize Palacios knocked in the game’s only run, scoring baserunner Bella Dayton from second.
With the victory, Arizona improves to 4-2 on its seven-game road trip in the state of Florida. The Wildcats will look to take the three-game series on Saturday to end the long trip.
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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.