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Around the Hill: Utah Softball Ranked Top 10, Several Teams Headed to Pac-12 Championships

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Around the Hill 4/26/17

We go Around the Hill in this edition of the U Fan Cast

Posted by Block U on Wednesday, April 26, 2017

While many sports have wrapped up for the 2016-17 school year, there are still a few sports still competing, including the Utah softball team, which ranks in the top 10.

Softball

Utah rose into the top 10 after defeating No. 1 Arizona twice in Salt Lake City, to claim their first wins ever over the top ranked team in the country and first series win. These wins moved Utah into the top 10 in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches poll. Utah went down to Tempe, Ariz. and won the series against Arizona State. They dropped the first game 9-8 but won the final two 7-6 and 2-1. In the newest poll that came out yesterday, Utah is again ranked No. 10, one of six Pac-12 teams in the top 25. The game today against Weber State was cancelled due to weather. They have two Pac-12 series left: at Oregon State (May 5-7) and hosting No. 8 Washington (May 11-13) in addition to a double-header against Grand Canyon on Tuesday May 3.

Senior Hannah Flippen was also drafted No. 17 in the 2017 National Pro Fastpitch League Draft by the Scrap Yard Dawgs. "This is such an incredible honor," Flippen said. "I am so excited to continue playing the sport I love and experience it with new friends. I cannot wait for this journey!"

Baseball

The Utah baseball team defeated Utah Valley 23-5 last night, which moved the Utes above 0.500 for the season (18-17). The Utes scored seven runs in the first inning and had 22 total hits in the game. Utah also swept No. 7 Arizona for the second straight year last weekend. They will host the Washington State Cougars this week.

Golf

The Utah golf team will wrap up their season this weekend at the Pac-12 Championship. The golf team has recorded a school-record five top three finishes on the season and have had three different golfers hit hole-in-ones.

Tennis

The Utah men’s tennis team (16-9) will compete today against No. 7 seed Washington in the Pac-12 Conference Championships in Ojai, Calif. The winner will face No. 3 seed USC tomorrow. The Utah women’s tennis team (9-10, 3-7 Pac-12) will also compete in Pac-12 Conference Championships today against No. 9 seed Arizona in the first round. The winner will have to face top-seeded Stanford (18-2, 10-0 Pac-12), who has not lost in Pac-12 match play, on Thursday.