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Arizona softball drops series opener to ASU in walk-off fashion

Wildcats fall to 6-10 in the Pac-12

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Arizona softball’s troubles in Pac-12 play continued Friday night with a 2-1 walk-off loss to rival Arizona State in Tempe.

ASU won the pitcher’s duel when Danielle Gibson hit a game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Arizona starter Taylor McQuillin pitched a stellar game, allowing just two hits. The other was a game-tying solo home-run by ASU’s Kindra Hackbarth in the bottom of the fourth inning.

The Wildcats got on the board early thanks to a lead-off homerun by Ashleigh Hughes.

With two on and two down in the top of the first, Arizona’s Malia Martinez hit a sharp ground ball up the middle, but a diving stop and flip by ASU second baseman Maria Stankiewicz ended the inning.

Arizona would not produce another scoring opportunity on the night.

ASU starter Giselle “G” Juarez kept Arizona’s bats in check, striking out 13 Wildcats.

With the loss, Arizona drops to 6-10 in conference play. The Wildcats have dropped seven straight games to Pac-12 opponents.

The two teams will face off again Saturday at 2pm.