Eighth-ranked Arizona won both games against New Mexico State to improve to 24-5 on the season before the Wildcats wrapped up the Bear Down Fiesta by playing an exhibition game against Team Mexico, which features three former Wildcats — Danielle O’Toole, Taylor McQuillin, and Brigette Del Ponte.
After a hard-fought, back-and-forth game, Team Mexico walked away with a narrow 3-2 win which ended with a Sashel Palacios home run in the seventh.
It was the first game that the Sharlize Palacios has played against her sister.
Arizona used four pitchers — Devyn Netz, Alyssa Denham, Hanah Bowen, and Mariah Lopez, getting most of the team some reps against Olympic-level talent.
The four combined pitched 107 pitches giving up three runs on three home runs while allowing six hits and racking up five strikeouts.
— Troy Hutchison (@THutch1995) April 11, 2021
Arizona’s offense came from catcher Dejah Mulipola who hit a two-run home run off of her former teammate O’Toole at the bottom of the first inning.
The game gave Mulipola a preview of what is to come for her as she will be part of the Team USA competing in Tokyo for a chance at Olympic gold.
Here’s Mulipola talking about facing her former teammates and discussing how the game can prepare her for the Olympics:
Here’s Mike Candrea talking about what he learned about his team in the game against Mexico and discussing what he said to Team Mexico after the game:
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com writer Troy Hutchison hails from Tucson and is a lifelong Arizona Wildcats follower. He has been involved in sports journalism over the last two years while taking communications courses at Pima Community College.