Queen Kati ties Arizona home run record

Queen Kati ties Arizona home run record

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Katiyana Mauga hit her Arizona-career-home-run-record-tying 87th home run while Danielle O'Toole shut out the No. 6 team in the country and third-ranked Arizona defeated Oregon in game 1, 2-0 in front of a sold out Hillenbrand Stadium on Friday evening.

Mauga's fifth-inning home run was her Pac-12-leading 20th of 2017, making her the first player in NCAA history with 20-or-more home runs in all four of her seasons. She is now tied for third in NCAA history with Stacie Chambers with the 87 homers, eight behind Oklahoma's Lauren Chamberlain for the record.

O'Toole and her Oregon counterpart Megan Kleist dueled for seven innings, with O'Toole coming out on top. The senior allowed five hits over seven scoreless innings with three strikeouts and a walk O'Toole improved to 24-2 on the season.

O'Toole now owns shutouts this season over Oregon, Washington and Baylor, ranked No. 6, 9 and 15, respectively, in this week's top-25. Additionally, O'Toole allowed one run in complete-game efforts vs. No. 2 Florida State and No. 10 Utah.

Arizona improved to 44-3 on the season and 14-2 in Pac-12 play. The Ducks fell to 37-5, 10-5 in conference. 

The Wildcats plated their two runs on seven hits. Mauga led the Cats with two hits in the contest.

Despite two uncharacteristic errors by the UA defense, Arizona made a handful of impressive defensive plays, including some potentially game-saving plays in the game. In the sixth, Oregon loaded the bases with two out. Reyna Carranco charged a ground ball and fired it home for a bang-bang force at the plate before Mauga made a diving catch in foul ground for the third out. 

The Cats took advantage of an Oregon error in the bottom of the first to score the game's first run.

Arizona added to its lead on Mauga's record-tying homer in the bottom of the fifth.

Game Notes:

  • style="text-align:justify;">Arizona’s 44-3 start is its best 47-game start since 2004 (45-2).
  • style="text-align:justify;">The Wildcats are 14-2 in Pac-12 play, their best 16-game conference start since 2004 (14-2).
  • style="text-align:justify;">Prior to the game, Ashleigh Hughes was surprised by her brother, Senior Airman Raynard Hughes Jr., who threw out the first pitch. The two had not seen each other in two years and will not see each other for four more.
  • style="text-align:justify;">Katiyana Mauga has four home runs in her last three games and 10 in her last 39 at-bats. She’s batting .487 with 21 RBI in UA’s last 13 games.
  • style="text-align:justify;">Danielle O’Toole lowered her ERA to 0.81 on the season with the shutout. It was Arizona’s 20th shutout of 2017, already most the since 2010 (23).
  • style="text-align:justify;">The victory was Arizona’s 24th straight win at Hillenbrand Stadium, the sixth longest streak in the stadium’s history.
  • style="text-align:justify;">The Wildcats are now 8-3 on the season vs. ranked opponents and 5-1 against top-10 teams.
  • style="text-align:justify;">The Wildcats have now allowed two or fewer runs in 40 of their 47 games this year.
  • style="text-align:justify;">Arizona will go for its first series victory over Oregon since 2010 on Saturday.
  • style="text-align:justify;">Mauga’s homer was her 246th career RBI. She’s now in sixth place in UA history and seventh in Pac-12 history in career RBI.

Up Next: Arizona will go for the series victory over the sixth-ranked Ducks on Saturday at 2 p.m. MST. The game will be televised on ESPN2.