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Wildcat Report: Mega Sports Weekend No. 4

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TUCSON (KVOA) -- In the biggest Mega Sports Weekend yet, UA hosted 17 sporting events this past weekend in Tucson. 

The Wildcats emerged with a 12-5 record in those competitions led by the 4th ranked softball team that swept through the annual Hillenbrand Invitational. 

UA won all five of their games although against unranked non-Power 5 conference competition. 

A pair of freshmen led No. 22 Arizona Baseball to an 11-5 victory over Ball State on Monday. 

3rd baseman Jacob Berry went 3-for-3 with three RBI while pitcher TJ Nichols pitched five strong innings, allowing two runs while striking out three. 

There will be 17 more UA home events this coming weekend. 

Here are all the scores from Mega Sports Weekend No. 4: 

  • Friday (XC): Wildcats women (2nd), Wildcats men (3rd)  
  • Friday (MTN): No. 21 Wildcats 7, Northern Arizona 0 
  • Friday (MTN): No. 21 Wildcats 7, Northern Arizona 0 
  • Friday (SB): No. 4 Wildcats 8, Southern Utah 0 
  • Friday (SB): No. 4 Wildcats 5, Seattle 2 
  • Friday (BSB): No. 22 Wildcats 3, Ball State 0 
  • Friday (VB): Wildcats 3, Oregon State 1  
  • Saturday (GYM): Washington d. Wildcats (+0.15) 
  • Saturday (SB): No. 4 Wildcats 12, New Mexico 0 
  • Saturday (SB): No. 4 Wildcats 10, Seattle 2 
  • Saturday (SOC): Wildcats 3, Northern Arizona 0 
  • Saturday (BSB): Ball State 8, No. 22 Wildcats 7 
  • Sunday (VB): Wildcats 3, Oregon State 1 
  • Sunday (SB): No. 4 Wildcats 10, Southern Utah 1 
  • Sunday (BSB): Ball State 5, No. 22 Wildcats 2 
  • Monday (BSB): No. 22 Wildcats 11, Ball State 5 
Arizona Volleyball sweeps Oregon State

CROSS COUNTRY 

Victor Ortiz-Rivera and Keelah Barger swept first place in both the men's 8k and women's 6k races at the annual Dave Murray Invitational. 

The men finished third in the five-team meet behind UCLA and California 

The Bruins also led the way on the women's side with the Wildcats finishing second.

SOCCER 

The Wildcats recorded a third straight shutout beating the Lumberjacks 3-0. 

Jada Talley (26’), Hannah Clifford (64’) and Illiana Hocking (83’) scored for UA. 

Arizona (4-0-0) hosts UCLA on Friday night at 6 p.m. to begin Pac-12 Conference play. 

GYMNASTICS 

Arizona struggled in a close 0.15 loss to Washington. 

It’s the third straight meet that the Wildcats overall score has slipped and thus dropping the squad out of the nation's Top 25.

The GymCats 49.050 on floor was tied for their second-best score of the season in the event. It was driven by four-of-six Arizona gymnasts posting scores above 9.8. 

Jessica Castles was named Gymnast of the Meet for the third time this season. 

The freshman from Fleet, England won the beam event with a score of 9.825. She also posted scores of 9.800 (vault) and 9.725 (floor).

VOLLEYBALL 

UA swept Oregon State behind another fabulous weekend by freshman outside hitter Sofia Maldonado Diaz. 

She had 40 kills, averaging a phenomenal 5.71 kills per set on .307 hitting in the two matches. 

The performance earned her a second Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honor. 

The Wildcats (4-6) travel to UCLA (7-3) this week. 

MEN’S TENNIS 

Freshman Gustaf Strom has yet to lose a singles match this season (Photo courtesy: Arizona Athletics/Ari Frank)

Arizona dominated the Lumberjacks, not dropping a single match. 

10 players earned singles win. 

Freshman Gustaf Strom has won the first six decisions of his collegiate career. 

The Wildcats (9-1) host Washington (Friday) and Oregon (Sunday) to begin Pac-12 play.  

ROAD CATS 

  • Arizona Women’s Tennis suffered back-to-back losses on their trip to Kansas, losing the Jayhawks 6-1 and to the Kansas State Wildcats 4-0
    • Khim Iglupas pulled out the lone victory on the trip 
  • Arizona Track sent four athletes to the Matador Qualifier (indoor) in Lubbock, Texas 
    • Umajesty Williams took 2nd in the 400-meters with a time of 46.96 

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David Kelly

David Kelly is the weekend sports anchor at KVOA in Tucson. He is a 28-year veteran of the sports broadcast business.

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