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Former Utah Softball Star Anissa Urtez Hits First Home Run In Olympic History For Team Mexico

Mexico's Anissa Urtez (C) watches the ball while hitting a home run during the fifth inning of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games softball opening round game between Mexico and Japan at Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium in Fukushima, Japan, on July 22, 2021. (Photo by KAZUHIRO FUJIHARA / AFP) (Photo by KAZUHIRO FUJIHARA/AFP via Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Former University of Utah softball standout Anissa Urtez made history when she hit the first home run by Team Mexico in Olympic history.

Urtez hit a home run during Mexico’s game against Japan on Thursday, July 22.

During the fifth inning off action, Urtez sent Japanese legend Yukiko Ueno’s pitch over the fence for a home run.

It was the first home run in the Olympic Games by a player from the Mexican National Team.

Unfortunately for Urtez and Mexico, Japan rallied in extra innings and won to improve to 2-0. The loss moved Mexico to 0-2 in Tokyo.

During her career with the Utes, Urtez had a batting average of .358. She recorded 106 runs and nine home runs in 481 at-bats over 165 with Utah.

Urtez and Mexico’s next contest will be against Team USA (2-0). The former Utah player’s fiancée, Amanda Chidester, plays for the United States.


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The couple will face-off against each other on Friday, July 23 at 11:30 p.m. (MDT).