SEATTLE (ABC4 Sports) – The Utes softball team dropped it NCAA Super Regional opener at Washington Friday night, 10-4.
The Utes now must win two straight games on Saturday and Sunday in order to advance to their first College Softball World Series since 1994.
Morganne Flores hit two home runs and drove home seven runs as the Huskies took control from the outset.
Flores smashed a 3-run home run in the first inning against starter Miranda Viramontes to give Washington a 4-0 lead. Viramontes was pulled in the first inning after failing to record an out.
Utes catcher Kelly Martinez hit a 3-run bomb of her own in the top of the 4th to cut the Washington lead to 5-3.
But Flores unloaded a grand slam home run in the bottom of the fourth off reliever Hailey Hilburn to stretch the Huskies lead to 9-3. Taylor Van Zee added a solo shot in the 5th to put the game out of reach.
Alyssa Barrera had two hits and an RBI for the Utes. Taran Alvelo pitched a complete game to earn the victory for Washington.
Utah is now 0-4 against the Huskies this season.
Game 2 of the best-of-three series is Saturday at 7:00 p.m. mountain time.