Softball rocks double header in Cali

Softball rocks double header in Cali

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -- Arizona defeated host Cal State Northridge 10-1 in six innings and Quinnipiac 7-1 on the first day of the CSUN/LMU Tournament.

Game 1 - #5 Arizona 10, Cal State Northridge 1 (6 inn.)

Alyssa Palomino homered twice, Jessie Harper drove in four runs and Danielle O'Toole allowed one run over six solid innings and Arizona took game one of Friday's action in the CSUN/LMU Tournament.

Danielle O'Toole earned the victory in the circle, improving her conference-best record to 11-1 on the season. O'Toole allowed one run on six hits with seven strikeouts and no walks. The lone CSUN run came on a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the first.

Three different Wildcats batted in at least three runs. Alyssa Palomino drove in three runs with her two homers, Jessie Harper plated four runs on two hits and Katiyana Mauga went 1-for-1 with three RBI.

Mo Mercado had another multi-hit game, her eighth in nine games.

Arizona struck first in the top of the first inning. After Taylor Troost retired the first two batters on a pair of pop outs, Alyssa Palomino crushed her fifth homer of the season, a solo shot to right-center. 

Cal State Northridge responded in the bottom of the first. Three singles loaded the bases before O'Toole hit a batter to bring in a run to tie the game with one out. O'Toole would retire the final two batters and strand the bases loaded.

Palomino hit her second homer of the game in her second at-bat, another blast to right-center, this a two-run shot to put the Cats on top 3-1 in the third.

Rebecca Bell replaced Troost in the third inning and retired the first seven batters she faced, including the first two in the fifth. The Matadors then chose to intentionally walk Palomino, kicking off a two-out rally for the Wildcats.

Katiyana Mauga walked and Mo Mercado singled to load the bases. Jessie Harper tripled them home with a line drive off the base of the wall in center. Harper's three-run triple gave Arizona a 6-1 lead.

Arizona used another two-out bases-loaded hit to plate a trio of runs. This one, a three-run double by Mauga, put the Cats up 9-1. Harper followed with her fourth RBI of the game, a single up the middle to put Arizona on top 10-1.

Game 2 - #5 Arizona 7, Quinnipiac 1

Jessie Harper and Katiyana Mauga homered, leading the way for a 7-1 Wildcat victory in the second game of Friday's doubleheader.

The UA offense plated seven runs on 10 hits in the game, marking Arizona's seventh game of 2017 with double digit hits. Mandie Perez, Harper and Ashleigh Hughes each recorded multi-hit games in the affair.

Taylor McQuillin earned the victory for the Wildcats, pitching four innings of two hit ball, striking out seven of the 13 batters she faced. McQuillin improved to 5-0 with the four scoreless innings. 

Michelle Floyd (two innings, no runs) and Nancy Bowling (one inning, one run) were effective in relief of McQuillin.

The Wildcats plated three runs in the second inning to open the scoring. Mandie Perez singled to right with the bases loaded to plate one run and then an error and a wild pitch put the Cats up 3-0.

Harper led off the third with a solo homer. Tamara Statman followed with a walk and scored on an Ashleigh Hughes RBI single to make it 5-0.

Katiyana Mauga homered in the fourth, her eighth of the season and 75th of her career. 

Arizona added a run in the sixth and Quinnipiac got it back in the seventh with a solo homer.

Up Next: Arizona is back in action on Saturday with two games in the CSUN/LMU Tournament. The Cats face Hartford and Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday in Northridge. The doubleheader begins at 2 p.m. MST.