Marissa Mendenhall had a pair of two-run singles against Nevada on Sunday at the Red Desert Classic.
Feb. 10, 2013
ST. GEORGE, Utah - Sophomore Marissa Mendenhall had two base hits for four RBI as the University of Utah softball team could not avoid losses to Arkansas (5-1) and Nevada (6-4) on Sunday during the final day of the Red Desert Classic at the Canyons Softball Complex.
Utah (2-3) was led by Mendenhall, who registered two-RBI singles in both the first and fifth innings.
Senior shortstop Kelsi Hoopiiaina turned in four hits in six at-bats for a 1.000 slugging percentage on the day.
Junior outfielder Chalese Fankhauser also had a pair of hits, including her first home run of the season. The South Jordan, Utah native now has 12 career homers and 43 career RBI.
Arkansas def. Utah, 5-1
In the first game of the day, the Utes left nine runners on base with three in scoring position against the Razorbacks.
All three of Utah's pitchers appeared in the game as sophomore Mariah Ramirez made her third start of the season and went 4.1 innings, giving up four earned runs with a strikeout and two walks.
Freshman Kayce Nieto worked 2.2 innings and gave up an earned run on three hits to go with a strikeout.
Mendenhall drew a leadoff walk then Sandi Fawson came on to pinch run before Fankhauser laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Fawson to second base. Senior second baseman Jackie Sweet then knocked a comebacker to the pitcher before Ramirez was inserted into the batting order before drawing a walk. Junior third baseman Taylor Austin re-entered the game then stole second base, but the Razorbacks were able to get a strikeout to end the inning.
Gomez drew a leadoff walk to open the third inning before taking second base after a sacrifice bunt by Hoopiiaina. Trina Gomez then took third after a ground out by Dickman, but Arkansas was able to get the Utes to pop out to the Razorback third baseman.
Fankhauser wrapped Utah's first hit of the day, a line drive to center field, before Sweet was hit by a pitch. Unfortunately, Arkansas was able to get two straight outs to get out of the jam once again.
The Razorbacks added three runs in the top of the fifth frame after and RBI single and a triple
Hoopiiaina tagged a one-out double to left-center field in the bottom of the fifth inning before Elliott drew a two-out walk, but UA was able to get a pop out to the pitcher. Fankhauser lined a solo home run over the left-field wall to give Utah its first score of the contest.
The Razorbacks added another run in the seventh frame to set the final margin at 5-1.
Hoopiiaina legged out a single to shortstop to cap the Utah offensive effort for the Utes.
Nevada def. Utah, 6-4
Hoopiiaina was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a walk against the Wolf Pack, while Mendenhall went 2-for-3 with four RBI.
Junior Naomi Amu started on the mound and went 6.0 innings with five earned runs on 10 hits to go with two strikeouts and two walks.
The Utes got off to a fast start with two runs in the top of the first. Hoopiiaina started the frame with a single up the middle before Dickman looped a single down the right-field line to put runners on the corners. Mendenhall slapped a single up the middle that allowed Hoopiiaina and Dickman across the plate.
Nevada answered with three runs of its own in the bottom half of the opening frame.
After Hoopiiaina recorded another double to start the second inning, Mendenhall roped another two-run single to right field in the top of the fifth to tie the game at four runs apiece.
Nevada launched back-to-back solo homers over the left-field wall in the bottom of the sixth frame to break the tie and take a 6-4 advantage.
The Utes head to the Red Desert Classic next weekend, beginning Friday against Idaho State at 3:45 p.m. PT.