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No. 17 Arizona defeated No. 22 Arizona State, 9-0, in Tempe on Friday night, achieving the 100th win against the rival Sun Devils in program history.
Arizona (16-6) was swept last year by ASU (15-4) at Hillenbrand Stadium, two of them by run-rule and the other a 9-2 final score, so the Wildcats had to wait two seasons for that 100th win.
Devyn Netz improved to 8-5, striking out six batters and allowing only four hits in the complete-game shutout.
The Wildcats scored nine runs on 10 hits in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.
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Blaise Biringer, Izzy Pacho and Allie Skaggs had two hits and one RBI each. Paige Dimler, Biringer, and Skaggs each had a double and Dimler led Arizona with two RBIs.
The Wildcats struck first on an RBI walk from Skaggs in the first inning. In the second, Biringer singled home Dimler to add to Arizona’s lead. Skaggs hit a double in the third beforea fielding error by the Sun Devils allowed her to score.
In the fourth, Biringer hit a double and took advantage of a pair of passed balls to score Arizona’s fourth run. Pacho drove in Arizona’s fifth run with an RBI single in the fifth.
Arizona broke the game open in the top of the seventh with four runs. With the bases loaded, Dimler hit a perfectly placed two-run double and Pacho took advantage of a Sun Devil error to score on the play.
Dakota Kennedy followed with an RBI single to score the Wildcats’ ninth run.
Netz secured the win for Arizona with her sixth strikeout of the night in the bottom of the seventh.
Arizona continues its series at Arizona State on Saturday at 5 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks.