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TUCSON, AZ -

Arizona softball's domination at Hillenbrand Stadium continued Monday, as the Wildcats earned their third consecutive run-rule victory over Oregon State to sweep the Beavers. The Cats defeated the Beavers 14-1 on Monday and outscored OSU 36-2 for the weekend.

On the year, Arizona (28-6, 3-3 Pac-12) is a perfect 19-0 on the season, with 16 of those wins being five-inning run-rule victories. Despite being just over halfway through the regular season, Arizona's 16 mercy wins at home are the most since it won 17 run-rule contests at Hillenbrand in 2001.

The Wildcats hit three more home runs on Monday, including two off the bat of Chelsea Goodacre, helping cushion their NCAA lead in the category. Arizona has hit 54 homers on the year; Goodacre's 13 homers are tied for the NCAA lead.

The sweep of the Beavers (11-17, 2-4 Pac-12) marks Arizona's first conference sweep since taking all three games from Stanford in 2011 and marks the first all-mercy sweep since run-ruling Oregon State thrice in 2010.

Goodacre led the way offensively with her two homers, including a first-inning grand slam that gave Arizona a lead it would never relinquish. Hallie Wilson (2-for-2, 4 RBI) added a homer of her own, marking the third consecutive game she homered in, matching her season total coming into the series.

Kellie Fox, Katiyana Mauga and Mo Mercado all had multi-hit games in the contest.

Arizona limited Oregon State to one run on just four total hits in the game. Estela Piñon (9-4) pitched three scoreless innings of two-hit ball. The senior struck out one and did not walk a batter in the start.

Shelby Babcock allowed one run two hits with one walk and two strikeouts in two innings of relief.

Arizona sent 12 batters to the plate and scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning. A walk and back-to-back singles loaded the bases with no one out for Goodacre who hit a grand slam to give UA the early 4-0 lead. Arizona would add on as Lauren Young singled in one and Wilson walked in another to give Arizona a 6-0 lead after one.

Goodacre led off the bottom of the second with a homer to right, her second home run of the day. The next three batters would reach to load the bases with no one out, but UA could not plate an additional run in the frame.

Wilson led off the third with her sixth homer of the year and third of the series. Three OSU errors in the inning would help UA plate six more runs in the frame. Fox, Mauga and Wilson would add RBI doubles in the frame while Kelsey Rodriguez brought in a run with a single up the middle.

Arizona will look to keep the bats hot as it heads to 11th-ranked Arizona State next weekend to continue Pac-12 play. All three games will be televised by the Pac-12 Network. UA and ASU begin the series Friday night at 5:00 p.m. PDT in Tempe.

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