Hillary Edior’s first hit in nearly a month was a decisive one.
The junior’s seventh-inning, pinch-hit RBI double lifted No. 9 Arizona to a 1-0 win over Stanford on Thursday in Palo Alto.
Edior hit a frozen rope down the left field line, which scored freshman designated player Ivy Davis, who drew a two-out, 10-pitch walk.
It was Edior’s first at-bat since April 13.
The Wildcats (39-13, 12-10) have now won 10 straight, cementing their chances of hosting Regionals next weekend as well as boosting their shot at hosting Super Regionals.
Arizona entered Thursday 12th in RPI, and one projection placed it as the No. 10 overall seed. (The Top 16 seeds host Regionals and the Top 8 get first crack at hosting Super Regionals.)
Taylor McQuillin (25-9, 1.53 ERA) outdueled Carolyn Lee, tossing her 13th shutout of the season. The UA left-hander struck out seven, walked two, and allowed just four hits.
Stanford only had two runners in scoring position all game.
McQuillin induced a two-out popup to strand two runners in the third, and UA catcher Dejah Mulipola threw out a runner stealing third in the fifth, which erased a leadoff double.
The Wildcats have allowed two runs or fewer in 12 straight games.
Arizona had five hits and three walks Thursday, but hit just 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. The Wildcats left two runners on base in the second and third innings.
Jenna Kean tallied two hits in the leadoff spot as she continues her tear. The freshman, who took over at the top of the lineup when Ashleigh Hughes broke her hand in late April, has seven hits and five walks in her last eight games.
Arizona and Stanford return to the diamond Friday at 5 p.m. PT on the Pac-12 Networks. The Wildcats have won 14 straight against the Cardinal.
UA’s student-athlete convocation was Thursday, but the Arizona softball team’s graduates were unable to attend.
So the Wildcats held their own convocation, led by head coach Mike Candrea, in their Palo Alto hotel, commemorating the team’s three seniors — Aleah Craighton, Robyn Porter, and Ashleigh Hughes.
They were wearing what looks like toilet paper and plates in place of the official stoles and caps that UA grads normally wear.
Our amazing seniors aren’t there for their @UofA graduations this week, so we had our own in the hotel in Palo Alto!— Arizona Softball (@ArizonaSoftball) May 11, 2018
Congrats, @McRobyn007, @AshleighAnne__ & @aleahcraighton pic.twitter.com/vT1rIcnEtz