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Arizona softball run rules BYU in first game without Reyna Carranco

Dejah Mulipola low fives Mike Candrea
Photo by Ryan Kelapire

Arizona didn’t miss a beat without Reyna Carranco.

The Wildcats run-ruled BYU 12-0 in five innings in their first game without their star second baseman, who is out indefinitely with a thumb injury.

Mike Candrea shuffled the lineup to compensate for the loss of their No. 2 hitter and it worked to perfection. The Wildcats peppered the ball around the ballpark, scoring all 12 runs in the first inning.

Dejah Mulipola ripped a two-run single and capped the inning by smashing a grand slam into the left-field bleachers.

Jessie Harper kicked off the scoring with a frozen rope RBI double and later blooped an RBI single into right field.

Freshman first baseman Carlie Scupin homered for the second straight game, poking an opposite-field homer to left.

Hanah Bowen, who started at second and batted ninth, had two singles and a walk to turn the lineup over. Janelle Meoño, who was moved to the top of the order, scored twice after walking and singling.

Alyssa Denham tossed a two-hit shutout while striking out five, her second shutout in as many appearances this season.

It is Arizona’s fifth run-rule victory in six games. The Wildcats (6-0) will complete Thursday’s doubleheader at 6 p.m. MST against Colorado State.

We will have more info on Carranco after that game since players and coaches are not available for comment between games.