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Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza powers Arizona softball to run-rule win over Oregon State to sweep doubleheader

COLLEGE SOFTBALL: MAR 07 Boise State at Arizona Photo by Jacob Snow/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Arizona softball completed a doubleheader sweep of Oregon State in dominant fashion, run-ruling the Beavers 10-2 in five innings on Saturday afternoon at Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium.

As it did in the 9-5 win over OSU (13-10, 2-3) earlier in the day, Arizona (17-5, 2-2) fell behind early before coming alive. The UA trailed 2-0 after the top of the first inning after being down 5-0 in the first game.

The long ball got things started for the Wildcats, with Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza blasting a solo home run in the third. Palomino’s 2-out triple in the fourth sparked a 4-run rally that saw Dejah Mulipola, Jessie Harper and Sharlize Palacios homer back-to-back-to-back to make it 6-2.

Palomino then ended it with a grand slam in the fifth, finishing with six RBI and two of the eight homers Arizona had on Saturday.

In the circle, Hannah Bowen (3-0) shook off a rough first inning to go the distance, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out eight.

Arizona and OSU finish up their 4-game series Sunday at 12 p.m. PT. The Wildcats have won 14 straight against the Beavers dating back to 2016.

Postgame interviews

Mike Candrea

Mike Candrea post Oregon State

Hear what Mike Candrea said after Arizona Softball's wins over Oregon State and Arizona Women's Basketball reaching the Elite Eight

Posted by AZ Desert Swarm on Sunday, March 28, 2021

Sharlize Palacios

Sharlize Palacios post Oregon State

Catcher/DP Sharlize Palacios homered in Arizona Softball's 10-2 win over Oregon State on Saturday

Posted by AZ Desert Swarm on Sunday, March 28, 2021

Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza

Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza post Oregon State

Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza homered to help Arizona Softball run-rule Oregon State 10-2 on Saturday

Posted by AZ Desert Swarm on Sunday, March 28, 2021