Utes Drop Softball Series Opener at No. 10 Arizona
TUCSON, Ariz. – Destiny Quiles homered for the second game in a row to provide Utah's only run of the night, clearing the fences Friday night at Arizona two days after hitting her first career home run Wednesday night at BYU. Her fifth-inning homer helped the Utes avoid a shutout at the hands of the 10th-ranked Wildcats, who erupted for six runs in the second inning and never slowed down en route to a five-inning 12-1 win at Hillenbrand Stadium.
Utah managed just five hits in falling to 17-20 on the season (2-11 Pac-12), while the host Wildcats improved to 28-8 (7-5 Pac-12).
Utah put runners on base in each of the first two innings, with singles from Haley Denning and Alyssa Barrera, but could not mount any offensive threat as Arizona caught fire and hit five home runs among its 15 hits.
Destiny Quiles now has two career home runs, which have come in the past two games.
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Destiny Quiles with her second career HR...and second game in a row going yard for @deeesss_21!!
— Utah Softball ?? (@Utah_Softball) April 24, 2021
- Alyssa Palacios entered tonight having reached base safely in eight consecutive games, but went 0-1 tonight, grounding out to second in her only plate appearance.
- With the Quiles home run, Utah has hit at least one home run in each of the last four games, and in six of the past seven games.
- Quiles is hitting .417 over the last six games (5-12) with a double, two home runs and four RBI
Utah and Arizona will play a doubleheader Saturday at Hillenbrand Stadium in Tucson, beginning at 3 p.m. MT.