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Mauga breaks record as Cats win series over Oregon

Posted at 7:43 PM, Apr 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-22 22:43:56-04

A day after edging No. 6 Oregon in a pitcher's duel, 2-0, third-ranked Arizona plated 10 runs on 12 hits and fought off a late Oregon surge to win 10-7 and clinch the series over the Ducks. Katiyana Mauga broke the Arizona record with her 88th career home run, her second of the series and fifth in UA's last four games.

Oregon scored all seven of its runs on three home runs, two from Gwen Svekis, who brought in five runs with two swings of the bat. Danica Mercado added a two-run homer in the sixth.  Danica is the sister of Arizona short stop, Mo Mercado.

Leading off the bottom of the fourth, Mauga drilled her 88th career home run, an opposite-field shot that meant much more than the 7-5 lead it gave the Wildcats at the time. Mauga passed Stacie Chambers for first place in Arizona history in career homers and moved alone into third place in NCAA history. Mauga is now two back of the Pac-12 record and seven shy of the NCAA mark. No. 88 was No. 21 on the year for Mauga, who is second in the country in 2017.

Arizona will go for the series victory over Oregon tomorrow at 2pm on ESPN2.