SALT LAKE CITY, UT - Arizona's offense was stagnant for six innings while its pitching staff surrendered 10 runs as the Utes took game 1 10-7 at the Utah Softball Complex.
Arizona's offense managed no runs on just one hit the first four innings before erupting for seven runs in the fifth to erase a 5-0 deficit. It would not be enough as Utah scored the game's final five runs to win it 10-7.
Michelle Floyd allowed five runs on six hits in the start before giving way to Siera Phillips, who gave up two runs on two hits in an inning and a third. Trish Parks, pitching for the first time since injuring her shoulder in game 2 vs. Washington, entered in the sixth inning and allowed three runs on two hits to take the loss in the game.
After Arizona (33-11, 8-5 Pac-12) wasted opportunities in the second and third innings, Utah (30-14, 8-8 Pac-12) cashed in with two down in the bottom of the third. Kristen Stewart took a 1-2 pitch down the left field line to plate a pair and give Utah the early 2-0 lead.
Utah added three runs in the fourth to take a 5-0 lead.
The Cats' bats finally came alive in the fifth. A Mo Mercado walk and Lauren Young double put the Cats in business before Hallie Wilson drove in a run by reaching on an error. Chelsea Suitos singled in a run to make it 5-2 before, with two out, Katiyana Mauga singled in a pair to cut Utah's lead to 5-4. After Chelsea Goodacre drew a walk, Mandie Perez homered to right to give the Cats the lead.
The lead was short lived, however, as Utah's Maddy Woodard hit a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the inning to tie the game.
Utah retook the lead with a two-run triple by Kate Dickman in the sixth to put the pressure on the Wildcat offense.
UA went down in order.
Arizona and Utah meet on Saturday in game 2 at 4:30 MDT on the Pac-12 Networks.