Sharee Fonoti had two RBI in the 5-1 win over Portland State today.
Feb. 11, 2006
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - There was no need to rally this time as the University of Utah softball team outdistanced the Portland State Vikings in their third game of the Hilton Las Cruces Classic on Saturday morning.
After the offense got off to sluggish starts in each of the first two games of the season, the Utes (2-1 overall) plated a run in their first two at bats and also scored in each of the last three innings for the win.
They also benefited from a gem of a game from newcomer Meghan Dyer. The junior hurler mowed down nine Vikings herself in holding them to one run and four hits. She only walked two opposing batters on the day. Dyer bags the win in her first outing as a Ute, improving to 1-0 on the year.
Utah jumped on the Vikings in the first inning when Jackie Wong belted a leadoff triple to center field. Diana Phillips followed Wong with an RBI single in the very next at bat to give Utah the 1-0 lead.
Wong and Phillips were an effective combo in the first game of the day. Wong went 2-for-3 at the plate with two runs while Phillips hit 2-for-3 with an RBI.
In all, Ute batters tapped the Vikings for 11 hits on the day.
Insurance runs came in the fourth inning when the Utes stretched their lead to 3-0. Shiery led the inning off with a single and then stole second on the ensuing at bat. Devina Quintero walked and Staci Hemingway sacrificed the runners over to second and third. Fonoti hung the inning's two runs on the board with a bases-clearing single to center field that scored both Shiery and Quintero.
PSU attempted a late rally, loading the bases with one out in the sixth. But, the Vikings could only score one run when Mandy Hill grounded out to third with the bases juiced.
Utah responded in the sixth to persevere its four-run lead. Meghan Crouse got on with a single to right and advanced to third on a passed ball and a Wong single. Another passed ball not only let Wong advance to second but also allowed Crouse to score.
PSU's pitcher Mandy Hill takes the loss.
Utah returns to the diamond at 11:30 a.m., today to play Texas-San Antonio in its fourth game of the Hilton Las Cruces Classic.