Kate Dickman had three hits and drove in two runs against Colorado State on Sunday at the Kajikawa Classic.
Feb. 9, 2014
TEMPE, Ariz. - A five-run fourth inning lifted Colorado State to an 11-5 win over the Utah softball team to close out the Kajikawa Classic on Sunday afternoon.
Utah held a 4-3 lead before CSU broke the game open with a five-run fourth inning. After a leadoff base hit, the next batter hit a ball off the foot of Utah pitcher Kayce Nieto, who left the game. Mariah Ramirez came in to pitch and got the next two fly outs, and battled before walking the next batter to load the bases. An error on a ground ball at second base allowed two runs to score, and another three runs came across on a three-run home run, giving the Rams an 8-4 lead.
Colorado State capped off the afternoon with two home runs in the seventh inning for three runs.
Nieto earned the loss on the mound, going four innings and allowing five runs (three earned) on eight hits with two strikeouts. Ramirez allowed six runs (three earned) on four hits with two strikeouts while Sammy Cordova pitched part of the final inning with a strikeout.
Utah took a 3-0 lead through the first two innings. Two walks and a single from Dickman led to a sacrifice fly off the bat of Bridget Castro in the first inning, although the Utes left the bases loaded. In the second inning, Hannah Flippen hit a two-out single, followed by an RBI triple off the bat of Dickman. Marissa Mendenhall also had an RBI single in the inning.
The Utes return to the diamond next weekend at the Easton Desert Classic in Las Vegas, Nev., from Feb. 14-15. Utah will face Toledo, UTEP, Long Beach State, Seattle and Hawaii over three days.