SB: Eight-run first helps 5th ranked Cats mercy Dawgs

SB: Eight-run first helps 5th ranked Cats mercy Dawgs

TUCSON, AZ - One day after Danielle O'Toole threw a no-hitter, it was Arizona's offense that stole the show in a 12-0, mercy-shortened victory to help the fifth-ranked Wildcats clinch the series vs. No. 6 Washington.

The victory marked the 16th consecutive win for the Wildcats (31-1, 5-0).

An eight-run first inning got the scoring started for Arizona.

Freshmen Alyssa Palomino and Dejah Mulipola led the way for the UA offense. Palomino was 3-for-3 with four RBI and her eighth homer of the season. Mulipola went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.

Taylor McQuillin (10-0) followed O'Toole's no-hitter with a gem of her own, shutting out the Huskies in a complete-game two-hitter.

The sophomore struck out five and walked two. Just one Husky moved beyond first base in the game.

The Huskies (26-5, 3-2), who entered the series third in the nation in batting average (.361) and sixth in runs per game (7.14), have been shut out with two total hits the first two games of the series.

A win on Sunday at Noon would mark Arizona's longest winning streak since beginning the 2005 season 21-0. But most notably, a win on Sunday would be the 1,500th in the career of head coach Mike Candrea.

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