Freshman Anissa Urtez hit a triple, double and single for a total of three RBI Sunday against No. 3 Oregon.
March 23, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY - Freshman shortstop Anissa Urtez went 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBI, but the University of Utah softball team fell to No. 3 Oregon, 12-7, in the middle game of its Pac-12 Conference series Sunday at Utah Softball Stadium.
Utah (11-11, 1-3 Pac-12) came up with 12 hits on the day, led by Urtez. The Long Beach, Calif., native came up a home run shy of the cycle as she posted three hits in four at-bats with a three-run triple in the first, a double in the fourth and a single in the sixth. Urtez now has nine game with multiple hits this season and five outings with two or more RBI. She also leads the team with 20 runs driven in this season.
Junior Marissa Mendenhall and freshman Bella Secaira both registered two hits apiece against the Ducks. Mendenhall was 2-for-4 at the plate for her fourth multi-hit effort of the year and also drove in her 12th RBI of the season. This was Secaira's fourth game with two or more hits in 2014.
On the mound, sophomore Kayce Nieto made her 14th start of the season and went 3.1 innings with a strikeout, but saw her record dip to 6-8 this season. Freshman Sammy Cordova came on and threw 3.2 innings of relief in her 14th appearance of the season, giving up one earned run on seven hits to go with a strikeout.
After Oregon scored four runs in the top of the first inning, the Utes stormed back with six runs in the bottom half of the frame. Senior center fielder Chalese Hadley and junior left fielder Kate Dickman drew walks and freshman second baseman Hannah Flippen extended her team-high 15-game reached base streak after being hit by a pitch before Urtez blasted her second triple of the season to right field for three RBI. Urtez then scored the equalizer after Castro lined an RBI single to left. Utah grabbed the lead when Secaira connected for an RBI double and scored after a double to left field by sophomore catcher Shelby Pacheco to left field. Pacheco would then score Utah's sixth run of the frame after a fielding error by the Duck shortstop.
Unfortunately, No. 3 Oregon (25-3, 2-0 Pac-12) closed the game with six unanswered scores to seize the 12-7 victory.
The finale of the series will be held Monday, Mar. 23 at 12 p.m. MT with live audio and stats at utahutes.com.