Kayce Nieto threw 9.1 shutout innings Friday at the USF Classic.
March 7, 2014
CLEARWATER, Fla. - University of Utah starters Kayce Nieto and Sammy Cordova scattered nine hits in 14.0 shutout innings as the Ute softball team picked up a 2-0 win against Chattanooga and a 4-0 victory over Seton Hall Friday at the South Florida Invitational.
Nieto, a sophomore from Farmington Hills, Mich., appeared in both games, allowing only four hits in 9.1 innings of work on the day. She struck out two and limited opposing hitters to a .125 batting average.
Offensively, freshman Bella Secaira had three hits with an RBI, while senior center fielder Chalese Hadley, sophomore catcher Shelby Pacheco and sophomore outfielder Kate Dickman each recorded two hits apiece.
Game 1: Utah 2, Chattanooga 0
Nieto's first complete-game shutout of the season came after she allowed only two hits in 7.0 innings in the first game of the day.
The Utah offense managed a run in the first two innings as freshman Anissa Urtez knocked an RBI single to right-center field to plate Dickman in the first. With Gomez on second base in the second frame, freshman second baseman Hannah Flippen singled through the left side and Gomez would score after a Chattanooga error.
Game 2: Utah 4, Seton Hall
Cordova, a freshman from Huntington Beach, Calif., went 4.2 shutout innings and allowed five hits against Seton Hall in her fourth start of the season.
The Utes struck for a pair of runs in the bottom of the second frame Secaira lined an RBI double to left-center field to push sophomore third baseman Kristen Stewart across home plate. Hadley then came up with an RBI base hit to score Secaira.
Utah secured the win by scoring a run in both the fifth and sixth innings. Junior Mariah Ramirez knocked in a pinch-hit RBI double in the fifth before Kendal Bergman converted an RBI single in the sixth to set the final margin at 4-0 in favor of the Utes.
The Utes have two more games tomorrow at the USF Tournament, beginning against Indiana State at 1:45 p.m. ET and Kansas at 4 p.m. ET.