Arizona softball came from behind Friday to down Mississippi State 3-2 and take a 1-0 series lead in the Starkville Super Regional.
Izzy Pacho hit the game-winning homer, blasting a ball inside the left-field foul pole in the top of the eighth inning to put the Wildcats up 3-2 over Mississippi State.
“I took a deep breath and saw my pitch. It felt good off the bat. There are no words to describe it. You hit it, and it’s one of the best feelings in the world,” Pacho said.
𝙋𝘼𝘾𝙃𝙊 𝙋𝙊𝙒𝙀𝙍 💪@izzy_pacho leads off the 8th inning for Arizona with the go-ahead home run!#RoadToWCWS x 🎥 @ArizonaSoftball pic.twitter.com/G1CHprnpdT— NCAA Softball (@NCAASoftball) May 27, 2022
𝙋𝘼𝘾𝙃𝙊 𝙋𝙊𝙒𝙀𝙍 💪@izzy_pacho leads off the 8th inning for Arizona with the go-ahead home run!#RoadToWCWS x 🎥 @ArizonaSoftball pic.twitter.com/G1CHprnpdT
Arizona came from behind to take the 1-0 series lead, with MSU charging to a 2-1 lead in the sixth behind a solo home run by Matalisi Faapito.
The Wildcats, however, responded in the seventh, tying the matchup with a sacrifice fly by Sharliez Palacios off Aspen Wesley.
Arizona will advance to the Women’s College World Series if they win again Saturday. Should the Wildcats lose, a deciding game will be played Sunday.