Danielle O'Toole limited the nation's leading offense to two runs on four hits, engaging in a duel with back-to-back Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year Cheridan Hawkins, but the fifth-ranked Ducks came out on top, 2-0 in game 1.
Arizona will look to even the series in Eugene as the Cats take on the Ducks in game 2 on Saturday at 5 p.m. MST on the Pac-12 Networks.
In a battle of softball's two historic heavyweights, No. 17 Arizona and No. 15 UCLA exchanged punches throughout the game on Monday and throughout the three game series. Ultimately, it was UCLA that came out on top in game 3, helping the Bruins win the series in Tucson with an 8-7 victory in the rubber match.
Eight-time national champion and Division I career win leader Mike Candrea has been named the Pac-12 Coach of the Century as a part of the Pac-12 Softball All-Century Team, announced Monday night by the Pac-12 Networks.
Seventeenth-ranked Arizona defeated No. 15 UCLA 8-4 on Sunday afternoon at Hillenbrand Stadium, evening the three-game series at one apiece, setting up a rubber match slated for Monday night.
In a back-and-forth battle between No. 17 Arizona and No. 15 UCLA in front of a sold out crowd at Hillenbrand Stadium on Saturday afternoon, the Bruins edged the Wildcats 8-6, courtesy of a sixth-inning grand slam.
After splitting the first two games of the series, No. 17 Arizona and No. 15 UCLA will decide the series on Monday at 7 p.m. MST. The game will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks.
Arizona's trip to Palo Alto marked a return home for the nearby Petaluma native. The freshman did not disappoint her family and friends in attendance as her bat came alive, helping Arizona sweep Stanford for the third straight year. Krist hit .500 with a home run and three RBI. After entering the weekend without a multi-hit affair in her career, Krist had back-to-back two-hit games on Saturday and Sunday, including a home run and three RBI in the process. The freshman slugged .800 in 10 at-bats.
Seventeenth-ranked Arizona recorded its third consecutive sweep of Stanford with an 8-0, five-inning win on Sunday. It marked Arizona's eighth straight victory, a season-long winning streak.
Arizona softball head coach Mike Candrea won his 1,458th career game, surpassing legendary Fresno State coach Margie Wright for second in NCAA history, as Arizona defeated Stanford 6-1 on Saturday.
Seventeenth-ranked Arizona softball posted 11 hits, its most in conference play this year, and Arizona downed Stanford 5-3 in game 1 of the three-game series.
Arizona puts its seven-game winning streak on the line when the Cats face Stanford in game 3 on Sunday. The Cats will look to sweep Stanford for the third straight year.