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Arizona opens super regional with extra-inning victory over Mississippi State

Arizona softball took a 1-0 lead over Mississippi State in the Starkville Super Regional with a...
Arizona softball took a 1-0 lead over Mississippi State in the Starkville Super Regional with a 3-2 extra-inning win on Friday, May 27.(KOLD News 13)
Published: May. 27, 2022 at 12:34 PM MST|Updated: May. 27, 2022 at 5:14 PM MST
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STARKVILLE, Miss. (KOLD News 13) - Izzy Pacho homered in the eighth inning, and the Arizona Wildcats held on to beat the Mississippi State Bulldogs 3-2 to open super regional play on Friday, May 27.

Pitcher Hanah Bowen (13-10) went the distance for Arizona, striking out four in the win.

The teams combined for four home runs in the game - all solo shots.

Arizona’s Allie Skaggs (24) homered in the top of the sixth to even the score at 1-1.

Mia Davidson (23) and Matalasi Faapito (14) hit home runs for Mississippi State.

The Wildcats tied the score at 2-2 in the top of the seventh on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly by Sharlize Palacios, scoring Giulia Koutsoyanopulos.

Aspen Wesley (9-8), the Bulldogs’ third pitcher, got the loss.

The Wildcats (37-20) and Bulldogs (37-26) play Game 2 of the three-game series at 1 p.m. Saturday. It will be on ESPNU.

If Arizona wins Saturday, the Wildcats will advance to the College World Series for the second straight season and third time since 2019.

If Mississippi State wins Saturday, the teams will play a winner-take-all game on Sunday. The first pitch for that game has not been announced.

Starkville Super Regional

at Nusz Park

Friday-Sunday, May 27-29

Friday, May 27

  • Game 1: Arizona 3, Mississippi State 2, 8 innings

Saturday, May 28

  • Game 2: Arizona vs. Mississippi State, 1 p.m. (ESPNU)

Sunday, May 29

  • Game 3: Arizona vs. Mississippi State, TBD (if necessary)

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