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Arizona softball sweeps Hillenbrand Invitational with 2-0 record on Sunday

Four wins overall for the Wildcats during the weekend

Amy Bailey | The Daily Wildcat Arizona's softball team cheers on their teammate who just scored a home run during the game against ULM on Feb. 18.

Arizona softball went 2-0 in their second doubleheader in as many days, finishing off the Hillenbrand Invitational with two impressive wins.

In game one, the Wildcats beat Colorado State, 3-0. The second game saw Arizona blow past Bryant 14-0.

Junior Taylor McQuillin threw a one hitter in the first game, while also striking out 12 of the 22 batters that she faced. She was perfect through five innings, until the top of the sixth when a bloop single into left ruined her perfect game.

“I think I came out with a little bit of a different mindset today,” McQuillin said. “Coming out here, I knew I needed to have a strong performance. Watching film, I knew that Colorado State’s pitcher was pretty good, and would keep us on our toes a little bit, and I knew that I had to do the same for my team.”

In the bottom of the fourth, junior Tamara Statman came in to pinch-hit with the bases loaded. She corked a double deep into right field, putting the first runs on the board to get the ‘Cats up 2-0.

Later, in the bottom of the sixth, a single up the middle by senior Aleah Craighton scored freshman Ivy Davis, giving the 'Cats a 3-0 lead that would be the game's final score.

To finish off the Hillenbrand Invitational, the Wildcats took on the Bryant Bulldogs. The bats came alive for Arizona, as they won 14-0 after five innings.

Hannah Bowen got the start for Arizona, and finished the game with only one hit allowed through five innings, while adding eight strikeouts to her numbers.

Sophomore Dejah Mulipola got the scoring started for Arizona. She hit a double into left that drive in a run, giving the ‘Cats a one run advantage.

To lead off the bottom of the second, junior Hillary Edior hit a solo shot, her first home run of the season, to give the Wildcats a 2-0 lead. In the same inning, senior Ashleigh Hughes hit a two-run homer to right, making it 4-0.

In the bottom of the 3rd, an Aleah Craighton RBI single tacked on another UA run. The next batter, freshman Ivy Davis, hit a double down the left field line that scored two. With a 7-0 lead, Hughes added another RBI to her total on the day, this time a single that made it 8-0. 

The scoring outburst continued in the bottom of the fourth. This time sophomore Jessie Harper hit her sixth home run of the season, a deep shot to left center that made it 9-0. Then, in the game as a pinch hitter, junior Joelle Krist hit a two-run homer to make it 11-0 ‘Cats. Sophomore Reyna Carranco hit a two-run double to pour it on to 13-0, right before Harper hit an RBI single to make the score 14-0 in favor of the ‘Cats.

“Today, I thought we took some good hacks, didn’t look like we were defensive,” head coach Mike Candrea said. “That's just part of the process, that’s why you play games. The more at-bats you get, the more comfortable you get.”

The next time the Wildcats are in action, they will be in Palm Springs, California for the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic, with games from Feb. 22nd to the 24th.

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