Marissa Mendenhall had one of Utah's three RBI during Saturday's 3-2 win at No. 5 Washington.
March 15, 2014
SEATTLE - Nine different members of the University of Utah softball team recorded hits as the Utes defeated No. 5 Washington, 3-2, in nine innings on Saturday in a Pac-12 Conference game at Husky Softball Stadium.
Utah scored the game-winning run in the top of the ninth when senior center fielder Chalese Hadley drew a leadoff walk and took second base after an error by the Washington catcher. She then took third after freshman second baseman Hannah Flippen dropped down a sacrifice bunt and junior left fielder Kate Dickman drove Hadley in for the go-ahead score with a sacrifice fly to center field for her team-high 15th RBI of the year.
Utah (10-9, 1-1 Pac-12) totaled 10 hits, compared to nine for Washington, and the Utes came up with two clutch double plays in their first extra-inning game of the season.
Nine of the 10 Utes who made appearances at the plate recorded hits, including RBI singles from Flippen and junior designated player Marissa Mendenhall. Freshman first baseman Bridget Castro was the lone Ute with multiple hits on the day after going 2-for-4 at the plate with her sixth two-hit performance of the season.
Freshman Sammy Cordova came on in relief and threw 4.2 shutout innings, giving up only three hits with three strikeouts and only one walk. She picked up the win in the decision to improve to 4-1 this season.
The Utes opened the scoring in the top of the second inning, starting with back-to-back singles by Castro and Stewart. The bases were loaded after a Husky throwing error on a ball hit by Pacheco. Flippen then drove a one-out single to drive Stewart across home plate for her 13th RBI of the season, which ranks second on the squad.
Washington tied the game with two runs of its own in the bottom half of the second, but Utah tied the game up in the seventh frame. Mendenhall smacked a 1-0 delivery with two outs to push Dickman across home plate. Mendenhall now has driven in 10 runs this season. Castro followed by knocking a single with two outs, but unfortunately Urtez was thrown out at home plate for the third out of the frame.
No. 5 Washington (20-5, 1-1 Pac-12) received a two-double outing from shortstop Ali Aguilar, while Bryana Walker was dealt the loss in the pitching decision to drop to 12-3 this season.