Mariah Ramirez drove in a run and pitched six innings on Friday at No. 5 Washington.
March 14, 2014
SEATTLE - Freshman second baseman Hannah Flippen went 2-for-4 at the plate, while sophomore third baseman Kristen Stewart and junior pitcher Mariah Ramirez each drove in runs, but the University of Utah softball team dropped a 5-2 decision at No. 5 Washington on Friday in its Pac-12 opener at Husky Softball Stadium.
Utah (9-9, 0-1 Pac-12) recorded five hits on the day, led by a pair of singles by Flippen, who also recorded seven assists in the field. She is now tied with junior left fielder Kate Dickman, who singled in the second inning, for the team lead with 18 hits this season.
Freshman shortstop Anissa Urtez also recorded a base hit in the third frame
Ramirez also started on the mound, going 6.0 innings and allowing five earned runs on 10 hits with one walk in her third start of the season.
Washington's Kylee Lahners opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first before Utah was able to manufacture two runs in the top of the second. Freshman Bella Secaira drew a leadoff walk and Shelbi Everett entered the game as a pinch runner. Freshman shortstop Bridget Castro reached base after hitting into a fielder's choice to Ute runners on the corners with one out before Ramirez came up with a pinch-hit RBI single to plate Everett. Stewart laid down a sacrifice bunt to push Castro across home plate for the equalizer.
Unfortunately, the Huskies scored three unanswered runs, one each in the second, fourth and fifth frames, to claim the 5-2 win.
Washington (20-4, 1-0 Pac-12) was led by a two-hit, two-RBI performance by Lahners, while Bryana Walker picked up the win on the mound after allowing two runs on four hits in 6.0 innings.
The Utes face the Huskies again tomorrow at 2 p.m. PT with live audio and live stats at gohuskies.com.