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#5 Arizona Softball walks off Sooners: shuts out The Beach

The Wildcats are off to their best start in 13 years (Photo courtesy: Arizona Athletics). The Wildcats are off to their best start in 13 years (Photo courtesy: Arizona Athletics).
LONG BEACH, CA -

Fifth-ranked Arizona softball swept a doubleheader in Long Beach on Tuesday, walking off on ninth-ranked Oklahoma in the opener before defeating Long Beach State 4-0 in game 2.

In a heavyweight battle between two top-10 teams, the fifth-ranked Wildcats and ninth-ranked Sooners did not disappoint. The teams traded blows in a back-and-forth affair that ended on a Mandie Perez walkoff infield single to give the Wildcats a 4-3 victory.

Arizona's Danielle O'Toole and Oklahoma's Paige Parker were masterful against the two opposing offensive juggernauts. The two lefties put up a pitcher's duel worthy of ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.

O'Toole got the best of Parker and the Sooners, allowing three runs, two earned on five hits. O'Toole struck out five and walked three. The senior improved to 13-1 on the year.

Parker struck out a career-high 13 of the 28 batters she faced. The Wildcats managed seven hits off Parker, three of which came in the game-ending seventh inning.

In the nightcap, Taylor McQuillin threw her third shutout of 2017, striking out 11 49ers and allowing six hits, while the offense supported her with four runs on eight hits to sweep the doubleheader.

Mandie Perez hit her third home run in as many games, a two-run shot.

Arizona improved to 26-1, its best 27-game start since starting the 2004 season 27-0.

The Wildcats kick off conference play later this week. The Wildcats head north to Corvallis, Ore., to take on Oregon State for a three-game series beginning on Friday.

You can read more about this game at ArizonaWildcats.com.

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