TUCSON, Ariz. — The 12th-ranked Arizona softball team locked down Oregon’s offense and sent the Ducks to their eighth straight loss Saturday in a Pac-12 game at Rita Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium.
Oregon was held to three hits in the 8-0, five-inning win for the Wildcats, who secured the run-rule victory on an RBI single from Rylee Pierce in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Arizona (20-7, 2-0 Pac-12) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning on a three-run home run by Dejah Mulipola, who also hit a solo homer as part of the Wildcats' four-run fourth.
The Ducks (11-12, 0-2 Pac-12) had their best scoring chance in the second when Haley Cruse and Jasmine Sievers walked with one out. But a pair of pop ups ended the inning and kept Oregon off the board.
Cruse, Utecht and Allee Bunker all singled for Oregon's three hits.
Oregon will look to avoid a sweep in the desert on Sunday in the final game of the series at noon.
Sun Devils put Beavers on blast
TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona State blasted visiting Oregon State on Saturday in an 18-3, five-inning Pac-12 softball victory.
The 12th-ranked Sun Devils (21-8, 1-1 Pac-12) scored 13 runs in the third and had five home runs and two doubles among their 13 hits.
The score was tied 1-1 when Arizona State went off in the third inning, scoring 12 of their runs with two outs.
Shelby Weeks and Maia Rader each had a hit and an RBI for the Beavers (17-6, 1-1), who can still win the series with a victory Sunday when the teams meet at noon.