The #6 Wildcats season has been turned upside down in less than 24 hours

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TUCSON, AZ - Third-ranked Washington clinched the series vs. No. 6 Arizona, defeating the Wildcats 3-1 on Saturday at Hillenbrand Stadium.

UA suffered an even bigger loss however when infielder Reyna Carranco left the game after being hit in the hands by a Taran Alvelo pitch in the first inning.

Head coach Mike Candrea said after the game that Carranco hand was broken as a result of the play.

It’s the second year in a row she’s headed out of action due to a Alvelo pitch. Last season she missed five games in late March after being hit in the face by a 70-mph pitch from Alvelo that fractured her nose and gave her a concussion.

The Wildcats (40-10, 17-3) were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and are now 2-for-20 in the series.

Alvelo (21-4) struck out 11 Wildcats in the win while allowing one run on eight hits. Alyssa Denham (11-4) took the loss for Arizona.

The loss and UCLA’s win over Stanford, dropped Arizona out of first place in the Pac-12 Conference.

The Huskies (41-7, 16-4 Pac-12) can sweep the series with a win at Noon on Sunday.

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David Kelly contributed to this story.