KateDickman drove in two runs Sunday at USF.
March 9, 2014
TAMPA, Fla. - Junior utility player Kate Dickman drove in a two-run double and freshman shortstop Anissa Urtez had two hits, but the University of Utah softball team was edged 7-4 at South Florida Sunday in the finale of the USF Tournament.
Utah (9-8) recorded seven hits on the day, led by Dickman's seventh double of the season. After driving in two runs against the Bulls, the Mission Viejo, Calif., native now leads the team with 14 RBI.
Urtez came up with her seventh multi-hit game of the year after a 2-for-4 day at the plate and she leads the squad with 17 RBI.
Sophomore Kayce Nieto went 3.1 innings in her 11th start of the season and gave up three earned runs on six hits with two walks and a strikeout, but saw her record dip to 5-7 in pitching decisions this season. Freshman Sammy Cordova went 2.2 innings in relief, allowing one earned run on two hits with three strikeouts.
The Utes got on the board first when Urtez led off with a base hit past the USF shortstop and then junior right fielder Marissa Mendenhall roped a double to left field for her ninth RBI of the season.
Unfortunately, the Bulls scored seven unanswered runs to seize a 7-1 lead.
After the first two Ute hitters were retired in the fifth frame, the next five Utes reached base on four singles and an error to bring Utah within a 7-4 margin. Sophomore third baseman Kristen Stewart singled a full-delivery through the left side, senior Chalese Hadley reached after a fielding error by the USF shortstop, before freshman Hannah Flippen singled again to left field to load the bases. Dickman converted on the scoring chance by connecting for a two-run single to left-center field that plated Stewart and Hadley. Urtez then drove her second hit of the contest, for her team-high 13th RBI, with a base hit that got past the Bull third baseman.
Utah will play an exhibition contest against the Netherlands Tuesday at 11 a.m. ET back at the Eddie C. Moore Complex in Clearwater, Fla. The Utes begin then Pac-12 Conference play next weekend against No. 6 Washington in Seattle, starting on Friday, Mar. 14 at 5 p.m. PT.