Arizona shocks Mississippi State, takes Game 1 of Super Regional
In Game 1 of its Super Regional action Friday in Starkville, Arizona trailed 1-0 heading into the sixth inning. Then, just four pitches in, Allie Skaggs took a pitch deep to right field and tied things at 1-1.
Mississippi State pushed back ahead 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth, only for Arizona to tie things again in the seventh and force extras.
On Izzy Pacho’s third pitch to lead off the eighth inning, she completely uncorked what proved to be the game-winner.
— NCAA Softball (@NCAASoftball) May 27, 2022
The Cardiac ‘Cats took Game 1 on the road 3-2 to move within one win of the Women’s College World Series.
The first four and a half innings were a pitcher’s duel. Janelle Meoño robbed Mississippi State of its own homer in the first inning. Then, in the bottom of the third, Hanah Bowen escaped a bases-loaded jam to keep the game scoreless.
🚨𝐓𝐇𝐄𝐑𝐄'𝐒 𝐁𝐄𝐄𝐍 𝐀 𝐑𝐎𝐁𝐁𝐄𝐑𝐘 🚨@janelleivyyy is UNREAL!
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— Arizona Softball (@ArizonaSoftball) May 27, 2022
Mississippi State’s Mia Davidson hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth to break the scoreless tie. Skaggs answered Davidson’s solo home run with her own in the top of the sixth to tie the game. The Bulldogs hit another solo home run in the sixth to take a 2-1 lead.
Sharlize Palacios hit a sac fly in the top of the seventh to tie the game at 2-2 and send things to extra innings.
In the eighth, Pacho crushed a solo homer—her 11th of the season—to give the Wildcats a one-run lead. Following a leadoff walk in the bottom of the eighth, Bowen retired the next three batters to close out the game and improve to 13-10 on the season.
The Wildcats will play the Bulldogs again on Saturday at 1 p.m. PT for a spot in the WCWS.