Arizona Softball

No. 11 Arizona rallies to victory over Ole Miss to advance to Super Regionals

Dejah Mulipola and Jessie Harper celebrating at home plate (Troy Hutchison/AllSportsTucson.com)

Senior third baseman Malia Martinez gave No. 11 Arizona the spark it needed in the fourth inning by hitting a two-run blast over the center-field wall to get on the board and cut into the Ole Miss’ six-run lead.

Martinez’s home run ignited the Arizona offense as the team went on to score 12 unanswered runs to secure a 12-6 victory over Ole Miss to advance to the Super Regionals for the 32nd time in program history to face No. 6 Arkansas.

Here’s Martinez talking about her home run and discussing the fight on this team:

Pitcher Hanah Bowen started in the circle for coach Mike Candrea.

Bowen struggled out of the gate, giving up five hits for four runs with Ole Miss batters hitting ropes all over the field.

She could not get through the second inning after allowing back-to-back singles to start the second inning, ending her day going one inning on 38 pitches while giving up seven hits for four runs.

Arizona turned to senior Mariah Lopez, hoping to cool down the Ole Miss bats and get things back in order. 

Lopez gave up two unearned runs in the third inning. From that point on, she put up four straight zeros on the scoreboard to silent the Rebels’ lineup.

In the fifth inning, Ole Miss put together a rally, managing to load the bases with one out and the heart of the lineup coming up to the plate.

In that moment, Lopez locked in and racked back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning without giving up a run, killing all hope of a Rebels comeback.

Here’s Lopez talking about her performance and discussing her mindset in the circle when facing a jam:

Arizona’s offense scored 12 runs off 19 hits, with eight runs coming during an explosive fifth inning to complete the comeback win.

One player who collected three hits for three RBIs was senior shortstop Jessie Harper. Here’s Harper talking about her approach at the plate and discussing what this win means to the senior class:

During the regular season, Arizona struggled with situational hitting against ranked opponents.

Sunday against Ole Miss, the Wildcats went 15-for-28 with runners on base, and collected nine hits with runners in scoring position.

Here’s Candrea talking about his team’s performance and discussing how they can take this on the road to Arkansas:

Here’s a postgame recap with Troy Hutchison and AZ Desert Swarm’s Ryan Kelapire discussing what they learned about Arizona during the Tucson Regional:

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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.

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