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Softball Comes Up Short in Late Comeback to Close Doubleheader

Apr 24, 2021

TUCSON, Ariz. – Utah was in position to claim a victory in the nightcap of a Pac-12 softball doubleheader at No. 10 Arizona Saturday at Hillenbrand Stadium, but came up two runs short after Julia Noskin's sixth-inning double cut the deficit to 6-4. Arizona shut things down in the seventh to claim the non-conference game of the doubleheader after winning the opening game 14-0.
 
Utah falls to 17-22 (2-12 Pac-12) while Arizona improves to 30-8 (8-5).
 
STANDOUT STAT
Desinty Quiles hit her second home run in as many days, and her third of the week, in the fourth inning of game two to cut Arizona's lead to 4-2 and keep Utah in the game.
 
Game 1: No. 10 Arizona 14, Utah 0
The Wildcats picked up where they left off Friday night, hitting five home runs for the second game in a row. Arizona struck for three runs in the first, two in the second and nine runs in the third to take a 14-0 lead en route to the five-inning run-rule victory.
 
Utah managed just three hits in the game, one each from Haley Denning, Jordyn Gasper and Halle Morris. Mariah Lopez (4-10) started the game and took the loss. She was replaced in the third inning by Alicia Estrada, who gave way to Mary Beth Feldman to begin the fourth inning. Feldman faced four batters and picked up one strikeout.
 
Game 2: No. 10 Arizona 6, Utah 4
Alyssa Barrera homered to center field on the first pitch of the game, her fourth round-tripper of the year, to give the Utes a 1-0 lead. Arizona struck back in the bottom of the inning, however, loading the bases and hitting a grand slam to retake the lead, 4-1.
 
Destiny Quiles continued her recent hot streak with a solo home run in the fourth inning to cut the lead to 4-2. After Arizona added two more in the fifth to build a 6-2 lead, Utah cut it to 6-4 in the top of the sixth on a two-run double by Julia Noskin to score Barrera and Ellessa Bonstrom. Utah shut Arizona down in the bottom of the inning, but could not mount a rally in the seventh and fell, 6-4.

NOTABLE

  • Destiny Quiles entered the week without a home run in her college career and has now hit three in the past four games. She hit her first career homer Wednesday night at BYU, added her second last night in the series opener and today hit her third.
  • Quiles is hitting .353 over the past eight games (6-17) with a double, three home runs and five RBI
  • Alyssa Barrera went 2-3 with a home run in the nightcap, with one RBI, and scored twice.
  • Utah's three hits in game one matched a season low, recorded previously in a 1-0 win over BYU in Tempe on Feb. 12 and in a 3-0 loss at Oregon on March 20.

ON DECK
The final game of Utah's four-game series at No. 10 Arizona will begin at 1 p.m. MT in Tucson.