Sport Arizona baseball, soccer and softball teams score big wins on Friday
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It’s completely understandable if yourfandom was totally focused on the women’s basketball team’s , but it wasn’t the only big win by a UA team on Friday.
Arizona’s baseball, soccer and softball teams combined for four victories, including one that ended a 16-year drought against one opponent.
Here’s a rundown of what happened Friday in those sports:
Soccer knocks off defending national champs
While the women’s basketball team was clinching its first-ever trip to the national title game, Arizona’s soccer squad was also making history. Senior forward Jill Aguilera’s two goals, including the game winner in the 65th minute, propelled the Wildcats to a 2-1 win over defending NCAA champion Stanford at Mulcahy Stadium.
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Fellow senior Jada Talley assisted on both goals, with her beautiful cross setting up Aguilera’s winning strike:
65' - THEY HAVE DONE IT AGAIN!with a brace and with double assists to tip the scales!
Arizona 2 Stanford 1— Arizona Soccer (@ArizonaSoccer)
It marked the first time since 2005 that Arizona (7-4, 2-4) has beaten Stanford (5-4-1, 4-2). The Wildcats wrap up their home schedule Sunday at 12 p.m. PT against Cal (5-3-1, 3-3) before playing their final three games on the road.
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Jacob Berry’s RBI single capped a 3-run top of the eighth as Arizona came from behind on three different occasions to beat ASU 7-6 at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.
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The win clinched the 3-game series for the Wildcats (18-7, 5-3) after they rallied to win 10-5 on Thursday. It’s the third time in five tries the UA has won a series over ASU under coach Jay Johnson.
Arizona fell behind 3-0 after one inning but tied it in the fourth on a 2-run home run from Donta’ Williams. ASU (15-7, 4-4) would retake the lead in the fifth on a throwing error by UA shortstop Jacob Blas, one of three for the Wildcats on the night, but Tanner O’Tremba retied the game in the sixth on maybe the most unique inside-the-park home run you’ll ever see:
Uh........... BANG!?!?hits the weirdest inside-the-park HR you'll ever see and we're tied!
— Arizona Baseball (@ArizonaBaseball)
A 2-run seventh put the Sun Devils back in front before Arizona scored three in the eighth. Williams drove in a run on a bases-loaded ground out and then O’Tremba scored on a wild pitch before Berry’s game-winning single.
Champions already on multiple fronts, the USWNT has taken up a new fight: Racial equality
Whether it’s suing their boss over equal pay or nearly shutting down the entire national team program in a boycott for equal treatment — and inspiring other women in the process — the USWNT’s focus has always extended well beyond soccer. “It’s a running joke — we’re like, ‘Yeah, we’d love to just retire young with millions and millions in the bank account sitting there,’” defender Crystal Dunn told Yahoo Sports. Whether or not the players wanted to be change agents and activists, that’s what the women on the USWNT have become, simply by asking to be treated fairly.
Arizona will go for the sweep Saturday at 7 p.m. PT, then host ASU on Tuesday at 6 p.m. PT at Hi Corbett Field in a nonconference game.
Softball sweeps doubleheader at Stanford to extend win streak
Arizona (21-5, 5-2) has run its win streak to seven games after beating Stanford 6-1 and 5-3 at Boyd & Jill Smith Family Stadium.
After Alyssa Denham no-hit the Cardinal (22-7, 3-2) on Thursday, Hannah Bowen nearly matched the feat by taking a no-no into the fifth inning in the first game. She finished with a two-hitter, striking out six and not allowing a runner to get into scoring position.
Carlie Scupin had a double, a triple and two RBI as UA freshmen drove in four of the six runs.
The second game saw Arizona jump out to a 5-0 lead behind a 3-run homer from Dejah Mulipola and two RBI from Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza. Mariah Lopez got the win but came out in the fifth after allowing a pair of home runs, with Devyn Netz allowing only one baserunner over the final 2.1 innings for the save.
Arizona goes for the 4-game sweep at 12 p.m. PT Saturday.
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