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Alyssa Denham shuts out Stanford, Arizona wins 11th straight

The Wildcats continue to roll as the end of the regular season nears

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Alyssa Denham tossed a three-hit shutout and Reyna Carranco drove in two runs as No. 9 Arizona cruised to a 4-0 win at Stanford on Friday.

It’s the 11th straight victory for the Wildcats, who improve to 40-13 overall and 13-10 in the Pac-12.

Arizona didn’t score until the seventh inning in Thursday’s win, but wasted no time getting on the board Friday.

Just three batters into the game, Alyssa Palomino doubled down the right field line, scoring Jenna Kean who drew a leadoff walk.

Kean crossed the plate again in the third via an RBI single by Jessie Harper. Carranco tacked on two more runs in the fourth when she doubled in Ivy Davis and Carli Campbell.

Carranco advanced to third on the play, but the next two Arizona batters failed to drive her in. The Wildcats were 4-for-18 with runners in scoring position and left 10 on base, which continues to be an issue.

Arizona also committed two errors, but Denham was able to work around them.

UA’s pitching continues to be terrific. The Wildcats have allowed two or fewer runs in 13 straight games, including five straight shutouts. Denham (11-3) has surrendered just three runs in her last six starts, lowering her ERA from 2.35 to 1.70.

The sophomore right-hander successfully pitched to contact Friday, inducing 11 groundouts and eight flyouts. She only had one walk and one strikeout.

The Wildcats have won 15 straight against Stanford. They will go for the sweep Saturday at noon in their regular-season finale.

If Arizona wins, it would all but ensure that it hosts Regionals next weekend.