Chalese Hadley and Ute softball went 4-1 this weekend at the Easton Desert Classic in Las Vegas.
Feb. 16, 2014
LAS VEGAS - The Utah softball team closed out the Easton Desert Classic with an 11-7 loss to Hawaii on Sunday afternoon.
Utah went 4-1 overall at the tournament with wins over Toledo, UTEP, Long Beach State and Seattle.
"We improved this weekend for sure," Utah head coach Amy Hogue said. "I wanted a sweep and we fell just a little bit short. Our hitting was exactly the same as last weekend - super consistent. We scored 36 runs this weekend and 39 last weekend, so we are getting good offensive production. The difference from last weekend to this weekend was that we got a little more pitching and a little more defense and got two more wins than last weekend.
"We have some freshmen who are killing it. We have three players in double-digit RBIs and they are all freshmen. I can't wait for them to get more settled on defense and Sammy [Cordova] pitching because they are only going to get better. The leadership we have in our upperclassmen combined with the talent of our freshmen makes for a fun group to watch and coach."
With the game tied 4-4 through four innings, Hawaii broke the tie in the fifth, taking a 5-4 lead with the help of two singles and an RBI double.
Both teams used home runs and took advantage of errors in the seventh inning to add to their run totals. Hawaii added six runs in the top of the inning with the help of two Utah errors and two home runs to go up 11-4. Utah rallied in the bottom of the inning. A pair of errors on Hawaii's second baseman led to two runners on base with one out and Marissa Mendenhall hit a three-run home run to put the score at 11-7.
Utah took the first lead of the game in the second on a three-run home run off the bat of Hannah Flippen following a single from Chalese Hadley and walk by Bella Secaira. Hawaii came back in the top of the third with four runs on four hits, including a solo home run and three-run home run to take a 4-3 lead.
Hawaii left eight runners on base throughout the game while the Utes stranded four.
The Utes take the weekend away from the diamond and return to the field at the San Diego Classic against Colorado State on Feb. 28.
"This week we will work on getting healthy," Hogue said. "We are banged up and haven't had a full roster available yet. We should be completely back as a group by San Diego, which will be nice because we've done some good things and it should help us to have a little more depth."