Arizona Softball

Arizona falls to Team Mexico in exhibition game

Mike Candrea with former Wildcats Danielle O’Toole, Taylor McQuillin and Brigette Del Ponte (Andy Morales/

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.

Sashel Palacios hitting and Sharlize Palacios catching (Andy Morales/

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 NetzAlyssa DenhamHanah 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.

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.

Dejah Mulipola home run against Team Mexico (Andy Morales/

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:

FOLLOW TROY HUTCHISON ON TWITTER! 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.

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