Coming into Wednesday’s doubleheader with Grand Canyon, No. 8 Arizona was on a roll, winning 10 straight games while outscoring opponents 74-21 during that stretch.
Against the Lopes, it was more of the same for the Wildcats as they run-ruled them in both games, with 8-0 final scores to improve to 26-5.
Arizona pitched Alyssa Denham, Mariah Lopez, and Devyn Netz in the doubleheader. The trio dominated GCU going 10 innings on 145 pitches, giving up nine hits while striking out eight batters throughout the night.
In the second game, Netz pitched a five-inning shutout which was the first shutout of her young collegiate career. She finished the night on 73 pitches allowing six hits while striking out four batters.
After a rough start for the pitching staff this season, Arizona has six shutouts during the 12-game winning streak.
Leadoff hitter Janelle Meoño stayed hot, going 3-for-6 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Meoño, in the bottom of the second in the second game, blasted her first career home run over the right-field wall.
Here are Meoño and Netz talking about the doubleheader and sharing their thoughts about the upcoming Arizona-ASU rivalry games:
Throughout the season Arizona has struggled against nationally ranked teams, going 1-5 in six games this season. The Wildcats will head up north to play rival ASU who is ranked No. 13 in the USA Softball rankings.
Here’s coach Mike Candrea talking about his team’s performance and discussing the upcoming series against ASU:
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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.