Catch Dejah Mulipolignited the Wildcats’ offense on Friday with two home runs to give No.11 Arizona a 10-4 victory over No.6 Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark.
Arizona’s offense exploded for 10 points on 12 hits, hitting four homers, to secure a 10-4 win over Arkansas (43-10) to take a 1-0 lead in the Fayetteville Regional in a best of three series.
So far in the playoffs, the Arizona offense has scored 41 points while making 10 home runs in four games.
Mulipola was the driving force for Arizona (40-13) going 2 for 2 with two homers and three runs batted in, bringing his batting average to 0.410. His two-point homerun in the first set the tone.
Here’s Mulipola talking about her home runs and what she saw off the pitcher Hanah bowenstarts in the circle:
Arizona opened the game, scoring four runs in the fifth and three runs in the sixth, putting Arkansas in racing rules territory.
In those innings, the Wildcats had three home runs with Sharlize palacios hitting a two-run homer in the fifth. In the sixth, Jessie harper and Mulipola went back to back to put the finishing touches on the game.
The home run for Harper was the 91st of her career, placing her third on the NCAA’s career home run list as she continues to chase the former Oklahoma hitter. Lauren Chamberlain need four to tie the record. She is the one behind the school record of 92 held by Katiyana Mauga.
Here’s a look at Harper’s place and how close it is to the NCAA record:
NCAA Softball Home Run Career List
|8.||Shelby pendley||Arizona / Oklahoma||2012-15||84|
|11T.||Jessica warren||Florida State||2015-18||83|
The freshmen have dominated this playoffs for Arizona, and Palacios stood above the rest, reaching 0.588 with three homers and 13 RBIs.
This is the Arkansas coach Courtney Deifel talk about the start of his team’s game and discuss the adjustments needed to bounce back on Saturday:
Coach Mike candrea went with Bowen in the circle to take on a home-knocking Razorbacks team.
Bowen was locked out early in the game, sitting down the top nine hitters before giving up a two-stroke home run in the fourth for Hannah mcewen to break the no-hitter.
Although Bowen gave up four runs for the game, she looked sharp, giving up four hits while having eight strikeouts.
The four hits Bowen gave up were extra hits, and three were hit for a home run, but she kept Arkansas from having sustained rallies.
Here’s Candrea talking about his team’s performance and what he liked about Bowen’s start in the circle:
Arizona will face Arkansas in Game 2 of the Fayetteville Super Regional on Saturday on ESPN2 at 2 p.m. local time with a chance to advance to the Women’s College World Series.
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com writer Troy Hutchison hails from Tucson and has been a lifelong Arizona Wildcats fan. He has been involved in sports journalism for the past two years while taking communication courses at Pima Community College.