SALT LAKE CITY – No team in the Pac-12 is hotter than the No. 23 University of Utah softball team, as the Utes are currently riding a 10-game win streak and they were the only team to make it through the first weekend of conference play undefeated, but Utah’s hot streak will be put to the test during a week that consists of four road matchups, first against the BYU Cougars, followed by a three-game set with the No. 17 Arizona Wildcats.
The Utes will clash with the Cougars on Wednesday at 6 p.m. MT in Provo, Utah at Gail Miller Field before setting course for Hillenbrand Stadium in Tucson, Ariz., the site of Utah’s second Pac-12 series of the season. The Utes’ first matchup with the Wildcats will take place on Friday at 6 p.m. MST (7 p.m. MT), followed by a Saturday contest set for 1 p.m. MST and the series will conclude with an 11 a.m. MST tilt on Sunday.
March 15-19 Schedule
How to Follow
Live video and stats will be available for all four Utah road games and links to follow each game live can be found on UtahUtes.com.
Last Time Out
Utah’s first weekend of Pac-12 play did not lack for drama, but the Utes managed to pull off a sweep of Oregon State and take sole possession of first place in the league.
In a rain-shortened series opener, Sydney Sandez led the way with six innings of one run ball while Haley Denning collected three hits and Ellessa Bonstrom and Karlie Davison each drove in multiple runs in a 6-1 triumph. Bonstrom played a starring role again on Saturday, going 3-for-3 with a homer and scoring three times as Utah built a 7-2 lead, then held off a furious comeback attempt from OSU to emerge with a 7-6 win.
Sunday’s matchup proved to the most exciting, with the Utes coming from behind twice, first erasing a two-run deficit in the bottom of the seventh with a rally that consisted of three walks, a wild pitch and an error. After OSU re-took the lead in the top of the 10th, Bonstrom’s two-run, walk-off double locked up Utah’s first sweep of the Beavers since 2016.
Over the course of a week that also included a pair of games in Hawaii on Monday, Bonstrom batted .500 with three homers, eight RBIs and seven runs scored and her work in the batter’s box was good enough to garner her recognition as the Pac-12 Player of the Week, the first time in her career she’s…
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