Throughout the series against Oregon State, No. 9 Arizona has battled and even come back from a 5-0 deficit in game two. Sunday, the Wildcats were looking for the four-game series sweep and, after a few rough innings, walked away with the 7-5 victory to improve to 18-5 on the season.
Arizona went with Alyssa Denham in the circle, who was coming off a start against OSU, where she threw a complete-game shutout. Through the first three innings, Denham looked to be locked in and rolled right along.
Then, in the fourth, Denham gave up a two-out, two-run RBI single to put the Beavers on the board. The next inning, she had two runners on and two-outs when OSU pitcher Mariah Mazon hit a three-run bomb to tie the game at five.
The pitching in this series for Arizona had its highs and then had its lows. The Wildcats gave up 12 runs in 26 innings of work. However, they surrendered four home runs as a staff, leaving a minor concern after the four-game sweep.
The bats stayed hot in game four, pushing across 10 hits throughout the lineup, four of which were extra-base hits. Both Dejah Mulipola and Allie Skaggs homered, giving Arizona nine bombs during the four-game series.
Skaggs and Bella Dayton gave the team a shot in the arm at the bottom of the order going a combined 3-for-6 with two runs scored and an RBI. During the series batters, eight and nine went an impressive 8-for-20 showing the ability to flip the lineup back to the top of the order.
Here are players Mulipola and Skaggs talking about the series sweep of OSU and discussing what they’ve learned about their team this weekend:
Here’s coach Mike Candrea talking about his team’s weekend sweep of OSU and discussing what he’s learned about his team so far this season:
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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.