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Wildcats SB run rule Stanford

Courtesy: Arizona Athletics Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
TUCSON, Ariz. – Michelle Floyd and Trish Parks combined to allow one hit while the offense backed them with 11 runs in Arizona's 11-0 (five innings) game 1 victory over Stanford Friday night at Hillenbrand Stadium.

Arizona (35-12, 10-6 Pac-12) had two more home runs than the Cardinal (16-30, 1-15 Pac-12) had base hits as Ashleigh Hughes, Mo Mercado and Chelsea Goodacre all went deep in the contest. Hughes' two-run second-inning homer was the first of her career.

Hughes' long ball made her the 11th Wildcat to hit a home run this season, the most since 12 different players homered in 2010. Arizona has a conference-high 79 home runs on the season.

The one hit allowed was Arizona's fewest of the year and came nearly exactly one year after Arizona's last one-hitter. Estela Piñon and Kenzie Fowler combined to toss a one-hitter against Utah on April 25, 2014 in the Wildcats' 7-1 victory over Utah.

Floyd (18-7) tossed three hitless innings before Erin Ashby led off the fourth with a single. It would be the only hit that Arizona would allow, though, as, after Floyd got out of the fourth, Parks hurled a perfect fifth to end the game. Floyd walked three and struck out two in four innings of work while Parks struck out one of the three batters she faced.

Five different Wildcats contributed a pair of RBI in the game. Chelsea Suitos and Katiyana Mauga picked up a two-run singles while Mercado and Hughes each connected on two-run home runs. Goodacre picked up her two RBI with a solo homer and a first-inning double.

Goodacre's two RBI gave her a Pac-12-high 70 on the season, one off the NCAA lead.

The Wildcats plated their 11 runs on 11 hits. UA also took advantage of six Stanford walks and a trio of Cardinal errors. Arizona stranded seven in the contest.

UA opened the scoring in the bottom of the first. After Stanford starter Kylie Sorenson (4-8) retired the first two Wildcat batters, back-to-back errors on routine plays gave Arizona a 1-0 lead. Goodacre followed with a run-scoring double to put Arizona on top 2-0.

Arizona doubled its lead in the second. Lauren Young knocked a one-out single, one of her two hits in the game, before Hughes homered to right, her first of the year.

Mandie Perez led off the third with a walk before Mercado homered to put Arizona up 6-0. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases with one out for Mauga, who singled through the left side to score two and give the Cats an 8-0 lead.

In the fourth, after Floyd's no-hit-bid was broken up, Goodacre led off the inning with her 19th home run of the season. Two walks and a single loaded the bases with two down for Suitos, who singled to right to bring in two and give Arizona an 11-0 lead.

Parks faced the minimum in the fifth to secure the win for Arizona.

The two teams meet on Saturday at 6 p.m. in game 2 of the series at Hillenbrand Stadium.  

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