UA Athletics Friday round up - Tucson News Now

UA Athletics Friday round up

The majority of the UA spring sports teams are in action this weekend (Photo courtesy: Arizona Athletics). The majority of the UA spring sports teams are in action this weekend (Photo courtesy: Arizona Athletics).
TUCSON, AZ -

Here is your wrap up of what happened with Arizona Wildcats sports teams on Friday, March 13:

Softball

Fourth-ranked Arizona hit three home runs and defeated California 7-0 in Game 1 of the three-game series in Berkeley, Calif. at Levine-Fricke Field.

Mo Mercado, Jessie Harper and Alyssa Palomino hit Arizona's NCAA-leading 52nd, 53rd and 54th home runs of 2017, three of Arizona's nine hits on the afternoon.

Danielle O'Toole tossed the shutout, her sixth of the season, allowing just four hits with eight strikeouts and one walk. O'Toole picked up her Pac-12-leading 18th win of the season to improve to 18-1.

The victory is the 20th in a row for Arizona (35-1, 7-0). 

Game 2 of the series against Cal (21-8 ,3-4) is at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Beach Volleyball

Eighth-ranked Arizona added two more wins to its record as the team defeated New Mexico and Santa Clara on Friday by identical scores of 4-1. 

UA (9-6) is led by No. 1 pair of Madison and McKenna Witt (11-4) and No. 2 duo of Hailey Devlin and Sam Manley (12-3) respectively.

The Cars will head back to the sand Saturday as they take on CSU Bakersfield at 11 a.m. MST and Grand Canyon at 1 p.m. MST to close out the Wildcat Spring Challenge.

Baseball

JC Cloney pitched seven strong innings and Nick Quintana hit an inside-the-park home run Friday night to help the 13th ranked Wildcats top USC 9-4 in front of 4,173 fans at Hi Corbett Field.

Cloney improved to 6-0 on the season in seven starts. The win was Arizona’s (18-7, 3-4) 14th straight at home.

The Wildcats and Trojans go back to work on Saturday night with first pitch at 6 p.m. 

Women’s Tennis

Arizona lost a nonconference home match to No. 41 Denver (9-6) on Friday, Mar. 31 at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center.

Dealing with two injuries and two players suffering from illness, Arizona (10-7) only was able to field five players at the start of the match. 

Because of that the Wildcats were forced to default one doubles match while losing the #2 square off. 

Denver (9-6) won the 3-thru-6 singles matches to clinch the overall match. 

The Cats did get a victory at #1 singles from Lauren Marker scratched out a hard-earned win over Julia O’Loughlin 4-6, 6-0, 6-1. 

Arizona will resume its conference schedule tomorrow, Saturday Apr. 1, at noon MST against Oregon.

Men’s Tennis

Arizona couldn’t upset No. 22 Stanford Friday in California, and fell to the Cardinal 4-0 to drop to 9-10 on the season.

The Wildcats will attempt to rebound Saturday at 1 p.m. against No. 9 California. The Golden Bears are currently 13-5 on the season. 

Track and Field

Arizona completed Day 1 of the Stanford Invitational and were lead by freshman phenom Justice Summerset.

Summerset won the high jump competition with a mark of 2.16 meters (7' 1"), that mark is currently top-10 in the country.

The Cats will be back in action Saturday for Day 2 of the Stanford Invitational.

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