Coming off a five-game sweep of its nonconferences late last week, the 17th-ranked Wildcats (28-12, 5-4 Pac-12) return to Pac-12 play with a three-game series in the Bay Area against Stanford (13-20, 0-9 Pac-12).
The resumption to conference play will get the Cats back into a normal routine after playing eight games in an eight-day stretch last week. Arizona and Stanford meet Friday (5 p.m.), Saturday (5 p.m.) and Sunday (4 p.m.), with all games being televised on the Pac-12 Networks.
Arizona heads to Palo Alto on a five-game winning streak with the opportunity to tie or surpass its season-long streak of seven games (UA started the season 7-0).
Arizona is 69-10-1 all-time against the Cardinal, including seven-in-a-row and 18 of the last 20. Arizona has not lost a series to the Cardinal since 2009 (a season in which the Wildcats won a Super Regional in Palo Alto in the postseason.)
After starting Pac-12 play 0-for-19, Mercado is on a tear. In the 21 at-bats in the eight game since, Mercado is hitting .524 with two doubles, a home run and a team-most 10 RBI. She was named College Sports Madness Player of the Week last week for her efforts.
Danielle O’Toole has faced three of the SEC’s top teams this season (Alabama, Tennessee and LSU). In 20.1 innings pitched, she has not allowed an earned run. In those three games, O’Toole is 2-1 with two shutouts, a .160 batting average, 21 strikeouts and just seven walks.
Arizona has won Game 1 of each of its first three Pac-12 series, helping Arizona to a pair of Pac-12 series wins at Arizona State and vs. Utah; Washington came back to win Games 2 and 3 in Seattle to take the series. Overall, the Wildcats are 8-2 on Friday this year.
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