Seven-run 4th powers #9 Arizona Softball to sweep - Tucson News Now

Seven-run 4th powers #9 Arizona Softball to sweep

Arizona ends Week 1 of Pac-12 Conference play in 1st place (Photo courtesy: Arizona Athletics). Arizona ends Week 1 of Pac-12 Conference play in 1st place (Photo courtesy: Arizona Athletics).
TUCSON, AZ -

For the second straight game, Arizona hung a crooked number in the bottom of the fourth inning to bring it from behind and lead the Cats to victory over Utah. On Saturday, a four-run fourth helped secure the series win. Today, Arizona scored seven runs in the fourth, erasing a 3-0 deficit and pushing the Cats to a 10-3 win to sweep the Utes and put the Wildcats in first place in the conference after week 1.

UA plated its 10 runs on 14 hits, one shy of its season-best. Half of the 14 hits went for extra bases. UA had a season-high five doubles to go along with home runs by Jessie Harper and Dejah Mulipola. Harper's homer, a two-run shot in the fourth, was her team-best 10th of the year while Mulipola's three-run blast in the sixth was her seventh.

Malia Martinez went 4-for-4 with two doubles, her second career four-hit game with multiple extra-base hits. She drove in a run and scored one of her own.

Alyssa Palomino extended her hitting streak to a career-long 11 games with a two-run, go-ahead double in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Taylor McQuillin earned her NCAA-best 16th win of the season. She went the distance and gave up three runs, one earned, on nine hits. The junior fanned seven and walked a pair.

Utah struck for a run on three hits in the first inning against McQuillin to take the early lead.

In the third, a two-out Wildcat error produced two Utah runs to put the Utes on top 3-0.

Arizona's offense broke through in a big way in the fourth.

Dejah Mulipola led off the inning with a single and Malia Martinez doubled her home to put the Cats on the board. A Joelle Krist RBI single brought the Cats within one. Hillary Edior singled to load the bases. On a 10-pitch at-bat that started with an 0-2 hole, Alyssa Palomino doubled home two to give the Cats the lead. Reyna Carranco followed with a sacrifice fly before Jessie Harper put an exclamation mark on the inning with a two-run homer off the batter's eye in center.

Mulipola added a three-run homer in the sixth to give the Cats a 10-3 lead.

Arizona hits the road for the first time this conference season. The Cats travel to Seattle for a three-game series with No. 1 Washington this Friday-Sunday on the Pac-12 Networks.

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