Utah's sophomore right fielder Marissa Mendenhall hit a two-run double Saturday at California.
March 23, 2013
BERKELEY, Calif. - Sophomore left fielder Kate Dickman turned in her second straight multi-hit effort and sophomore right fielder Marissa Mendenhall hit a two-run double, but the University of Utah softball team dropped a 9-4 decision at No. 6/5 California in the middle game of its Pac-12 Conference series Saturday at Levine-Fricke Field.
Utah (13-12-1, 0-2 Pac-12) had a total of eight hits, led by a 2-for-4 effort from Dickman, which included a single to right field in the fourth and an RBI base hit in the fifth inning. She has had multiple hits in five games this year and has nine runs driven in.
Junior center fielder Chalese Fankhauser joined Dickman with a 2-for-4 effort as well as a run scored. She is now third on the squad this season with six multi-hit efforts.
Mendenhall's double was her fifth this season and her seventh extra-base hit. With two RBI in the contest, the Stansbury Park, Utah native is now second on the team with 15 runs driven in.
In her 14th start of the season, junior pitcher Naomi Amu saw her record fall to 7-5 after allowing seven earned runs on 11 hits in 4.2 innings of work. Sophomore Mariah Ramirez threw the final 1.1 innings and gave up an earned run on two hits in 1.1 innings.
The Golden Bears struck first with seven runs in the bottom of the first frame, but Utah got right back into the game with a four-run fifth frame. The Utes put together back-to-back singles and Fankhauser crossed home plate before a two-out double to left field by Mendenhall that allowed freshman catcher Shelby Pacheco and senior shortstop Kelsi Hoopiiaina to score. Dickman then followed with an RBI single to left field to cap the frame.
The Utes wrap up their series at Cal tomorrow at 12 p.m. PT. Live stats can be view at utahutes.com.