SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — The No. 15 University of Utah softball team has won its first-ever Pac-12 Tournament Championship after taking down No. 2 UCLA 7-4.
The two teams played at Hillenbrand Stadium in Tucson, Arizona, on Sunday, where Utah captured their program's first Pac-12 Championship since joining the conference in 2012.
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"It's a great day to be a Ute," said head coach Amy Hogue in a news release. "For all those who believed in this group, I want to say thank you. For those who are just getting on board, welcome. This team has been doing the work it takes to win championships. This is just the first one. They believe in themselves and in each other. I couldn't be prouder to be their coach. They deserve this trophy. They earned it. It was one of the greatest team championships I've ever been a part of. We needed everyone this week, which is why it was that much sweeter."
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According to University of Utah Athletics, the softball team will head to the NCAA Tournament next. Utah will find out where they're headed for regionals during Sunday evening's selection show.
The school also shared on Sunday that four Utes were chosen for the Pac-12 All-Tournament Team — Sophie Jacquez, Julia Jimenez, Mariah Lopez and Ellessa Bonstrom.