Throughout the first three games against Utah, No. 10 Arizona’s offense had been red hot, scoring an average of 10.7 runs and run-ruled the Utes in the first two games.
The offense on Sunday was able to scratch across three runs to secure a 3-2 victory. Arizona improved to 31-8 overall and 9-5 in the Pac-12.
Arizona outscored Utah 35-7 in the series, blasting 11 home runs and showing off the lineup’s power one through nine.
Arizona went with Hanah Bowen in the circle to close out the four-game series.
Bowen pitched the first game Friday going four strong innings of shutout softball. She had another solid outing for her team, tossing a complete game and giving up just two runs on six hits.
Bowen showed the ability to get out of jams when her team needed it the most. In the sixth inning, Utah started the inning with a lead-off triple and a walk down by two runs.
Bowen gave up just one run by recording three straight outs to eliminate the threat.
Here’s Bowen talking about how she has developed as a pitcher and discussing how she was able to get out of the jam:
It was a slow day at the plate for the offense as Utah’s ace Sydney Sandez pitched a solid game and kept her team in it by working through a formidable Arizona lineup.
Arizona was able to get the critical hits when needed to win the game. The batters that stepped up in those moments were freshman first baseman Carlie Scupin and catcher Dejah Mulipola.
Scupin, a Tucson High grad, got an RBI single with her team trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning, scoring Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza from second to tie the game.
Later in the game, with her team by a one and runners on base, Mulipola hit an RBI double, giving the Wildcats a vital insurance run to take a 3-1 lead.
Here’s Mulipola talking about the key hit and sharing her thoughts on the four-game sweep of Utah:
In the team’s previous series against rival ASU, the Wildcats struggled to hit with runners in scoring position, going a dreadful 5-for-38.
Against Utah, Arizona flipped the script and was an impressive 19-for-43 for a .442 batting average in those situations.
Here’s Mike Candrea talking about the four-game series sweep of Utah and discussing his thoughts on the selection process the NCAA is using with this season softball tournament:
With the NCAA set to announce the host sites for regionals and super regionals this upcoming week, AZ Desert Swarm’s Ryan Kelapire and I break down Arizona’s chances at getting to host, and we shared our thoughts on the four-game sweep of Utah:
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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.