Arizona returns to Hillenbrand for rest of regular season after losing 13th straight Pac-12 game

Devyn Netz hits her team-leading 12th home run of the season (Arizona Athletics photo)

Information from Arizona’s media-relations department contributed to this report:

Arizona is hoping home games the rest of the regular season can get it back to a winning frame of mind heading into the Pac-12 tournament three weeks away at Hillenbrand Stadium.

The Wildcats (25-21, 3-15 Pac-12) have lost a program-record 13 straight conference games after getting swept over the weekend at Oregon. The previous record was eight consecutive losses set at the beginning of last year’s Pac-12 schedule.

Arizona dropped the final game of the series to No. 17 Oregon 7-4 on Sunday after failing to hold on to a 4-0 lead in the fourth inning.

The Wildcats finished seven hits and left six runners on base.

Cienega graduate Blaise Biringer and Ironwood Ridge alum Devyn Netz each had two hits for Arizona.

Arizona rallied to take a 3-0 lead in the second inning.

With the bases loaded, Tayler Biehl hit an RBI single to right field. Jasmine Perezchica followed with another RBI single and Biringer hit a sacrifice fly.

Netz, the starter in the circle, hit her team-leading 12th home run of the season in the third inning to give Arizona a 4-0 lead.

In the fourth, Oregon hit a three-run home run to close the gap. The Ducks tied the game in the sixth with a bases-loaded hit by pitch and took a three-run lead on a three-run double.

Ali Blanchard took the loss to fall to 6-3 after entering in relief for Netz in the sixth and giving up four runs. Netz pitched the first five innings, holding the Ducks to three runs before re-entering for Blanchard in the fifth. Netz also recorded six strikeouts in 5.2 innings. 

Arizona will remain at Hillenbrand for the last two Pac-12 series against Oregon State (Friday through Sunday) and Cal (May 5-7).

The inaugural Pac-12 tournament starts May 10 at Hillenbrand.

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