Taylor Jordan and the Utes picked up a pair of wins on Saturday at the Easton Desert Classic.
Feb. 15, 2014
LAS VEGAS - The Utah softball team earned a pair of commanding wins on day two of the Eastern Desert Classic, defeating Long Beach State, 11-3 and Seattle, 9-1.
Utah took a commanding lead against Long Beach State, scoring eight runs on seven hits in the first inning. Anissa Urtez hit a two-run home run in the inning and Bella Secairia added a solo homer. Hannah Flippen had two hits in the inning, including a two-RBI double. Kate Dickman also had two hits in the inning with an RBI triple, and Marissa Mendenhall also added an RBI double.
Utah loaded the bases with no outs in the second and added a run with an RBI single from Taylor Jordan, making the score 9-0. Another two runs came in the third with singles from Flippen and Dickman leading to an RBI single off the bat of Shelbi Everett to send in Flippen, while Dickman also scored on a wild pitch.
Long Beach State got on the board in the fourth and added two runs in the fifth off a two-run home run before the Utes got the final three outs to end the game.
Flippen and Dickman each had three hits while Urtez had two hits. Flippen and Urtez drove in two runs each. Nieto pitched three innings, allowing no runs and two hits. Mariah Ramirez allowed three runs on three hits, pitching two innings.
While the pitchers dominated the early innings against Seattle, the Utes came out swinging in the fourth inning for six runs on five hits, taking advantage of two errors. Secairia hit a two-RBI double in the inning and Flippen hit a three-run home runs for the Utes. Bridget Castro also added an RBI single.
Seattle hit a leadoff single in the bottom of the fifth before Utah got three ground outs to end the game.
Dickman and Secaira each had two hits for the Utes. Flippen tallied three RBI while Secaira drove in two runs. Nieto was solid on the mound, allowing one run on three hits, striking out three.
Utah closes out the tournament against Hawaii at 1:15 p.m. PT on Sunday, Feb. 16.