As the seasons continue to roll for the Arizona Baseball and Softball teams, so did the scoring as the Wildcats combined for 39 runs Friday night.
It is always tough to generate a ton of offense in such challenging sports, but on Friday, the Arizona Baseball and Softball teams made it look easy.
In the midst of their great seasons, the diamond darlings are continuing to impress night in and night out.
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For the softball team, the one-loss Wildcats took on Stanford at Hillenbrand Stadium in front of the Arizona faithful. Redshirt senior pitcher Danielle O’Toole took the mound and once again impressed, pitching three innings of work, and picking up her 20th victory of the season.
However, it was the Arizona bats that came alive, scorching the ball, and hanging 20 runs on the visiting Cardinal.
Combined, the Wildcats scored their 20 runs on 17 hits. Arizona opened the game, by scoring 13 of their 20 runs in just the first inning alone!
Offensively, it was a group effort, but it seems that centerfielder Alyssa Palomino was the one who led the way, collecting two hits in her two at-bats, scoring three runs, and bringing in seven RBI’s!
Of course one of Palomino’s big hits came via home run when she belted a grand slam in the first inning!
The Arizona Softball team would go on to win 20-1 in five innings (the game was cut short due to the run rule), improving their record to 38-1 (10-0) on the season.
Over 1,300 miles away, the Arizona Baseball team was putting on a clinic themselves in Pullman, WA.
Once again, JC Cloney would take the mound for the Wildcats but would leave after facing just one batter, with an undisclosed injury. While not much is known at this time, it certainly is a scary moment, and we will bring you more, once more updates become available.
Like the softball team, the Wildcats would get to work early, scoring three runs in the first inning. While Arizona would maintain a comfortable lead through the first few innings of baseball, the Wildcats really broke this one open in the sixth, scoring 12 of their 19 runs.
Arizona was led offensively by a few players, but arguably got their biggest contributions from JJ Matijevic, Jared Oliva, and Alfonso Rivas. Combined, the three would go 11 of 13 from the plate, scoring 11 runs, and driving in nine of Arizona’s RBI’s. Rivas and Matijevic would also hit home runs in that monstrous sixth inning.
Ultimately, it was Cody Deason who would pick up the win on the mound, pitching two innings of baseball, and improving his record to 2-1 on the season.
With the 19-5 win, the Cats improve to 22-7 (6-4) on the season.
Both teams return to action Saturday to continue their three-game series’.
At Zona Zealots, we congratulate both teams on the impressive performances Friday, and hope the success continues through this weekend! Bear Down, Arizona!