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#11 Arizona Softball buries 18th ranked ASU in series opener

The Wildcats have won seven straight to open Pac-12 Softball play
The Arizona Wildcats celebrate Tamara Statman after the senior hit her 4th home run of the...
The Arizona Wildcats celebrate Tamara Statman after the senior hit her 4th home run of the season in a five-run 3rd inning.(Jonathan Salazar/Arizona Athletics)
Published: Mar. 29, 2019 at 11:52 PM MST
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#11 Arizona Softball 8, #18 Sun Devils 0

TUCSON, AZ - Arizona Softball senior pitcher Taylor McQuillin threw a two-hit shutout while her offense supported her with three home runs as the 11th-ranked Wildcats opened their rivalry series Friday night with an 8-0, five-inning win over No. 18 Arizona State in front of a sold out Hillenbrand Stadium crowd.

McQuillin (11-5) retired the first ten batters of the game on the away to shutting down the nation’s top scoring team (9.12 runs/game), The senior struck out eight lowering her Pac-12 ERA to 0.34 (1 ER in 20.1 IP).

The Cats needed just four hits to do the damage offensively. Three of UA’s hits were home runs – two-run homers by Malia Martinez and Tamara Statman and a three-run homer by Dejah Mulipola.

Now, the Wildcats (25-7, 7-0 Pac-12) are one win away from their fourth straight series win over the Sun Devils (25-8, 5-2 Pac-12).

Arizona and ASU meet on Saturday in Game 2 of the series beginning at 5 p.m. MST.

You can read more about Friday night’s win over at ArizonaWildcats.com.

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