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SB: Everything comes together for Cats 1st Pac-12 win

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Seventh-ranked Arizona softball used a walkoff grand slam fromHallie Wilson and a shutout from pitcher Estela Piñon to run-rule Oregon State9-0 in the series opener Saturday at Hillenbrand Stadium.

Piñon (8-4) allowed six hits in the contest, only two of which –a blooper and a seeing eye ground ball – left the infield. The senior struckout three and walked three in the complete-game effort.

Wilson, who was homerless in her last 24 games and hitless inher last eight at-bats, hit her second grand slam of the season in the bottomof the fifth to the opposite field to end the game.

Wilson's homer was one of two on the day for the Cats; KellieFox's fourth-inning two-run homer propelled her into a tie for second in theNCAA with 11 homers and gave her a team-best 42 RBI. Fox went 3-for-3 on theday.

Kelsey Rodriguez added two RBI while Katiyana Mauga went 2-for-3with two doubles and an RBI in the contest.

Oregon State (11-15, 2-2 Pac-12) had its share of opportunitiesin the contest. The Beavers put runners on in every inning and had runners inscoring position in four of their five innings but could not score againstPiñon.

Arizona (26-6, 1-3 Pac-12) jumped on the Beavers in the bottomof the first inning, scoring three runs before Oregon State could record twoouts. Back-to-back singles and a walk loaded the bases with one out forRodriguez who singled in a pair to put Arizona on the board. Mauga followedwith an RBI double to make it 3-0. UA would eventually reload the bases with justone out, but could not plate an additional run.

The Cats added on in the fourth when Kellie Fox hit a two-runhomer to left field to score Chelsea Suitos, who reached on an error just priorto Fox's home run.

In the fifth, Mauga led off by reaching on an error. A walk anda Courtney Rodriguez single would load the bases for Wilson, who homered toleft to end the game. It was Wilson's fourth homer and second grand slam of theseason.

Arizona and Oregon State continue the series Sunday as theWildcats look to take the series from the Beavers at 5:00 p.m. PDT on thePac-12 Network.

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