Bridget Castro's walk-off two-run homer gave the Utes an 8-6 win over Idaho State on Wednesday.
March 26, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY - Freshman first baseman Bridget Castro launched a two-run homer over the left-field fence with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the University of Utah softball team a walk-off 8-6 win over Idaho State on Wednesday at Utah Softball Stadium.
With the game tied at six runs apiece in the bottom of the seventh, Utah (12-12) started its rally when freshman shortstop Anissa Urtez launched a triple to center field and Castro then came up with one out in the inning to belt a two-run homer to clinch the win for the Utes.
Castro has now had two multi-RBI games this season, while three of the top four hitters in the Ute lineup, Urtez, senior center field Chalese Hadley and junior left fielder Kate Dickman each recorded two hits apiece. Urtez has had 10 multi-hit games this season. Hadley has four multi-hit games this season and she also drove in a run against the Bengals. Dickman has had two or more hits in a team-high 12 games in 2014. Urtez and junior Marissa Mendenhall also drove in runs for the Utes.
On the mound, freshman right-hander Sammy Cordova went 5.0 innings in her fifth start and 16th appearance of the season. She allowed five earned runs on eight hits with a pair of strikeouts. Sophomore Kayce Nieto came on for 2.0 innings of relief, giving up an earned run on two hits with a strikeout to pick up her seventh win of the season. She is now 7-9 on the campaign.
The Utes kept the Bengals off the board in the bottom of the second frame after Vicky Galasso came up with a single up the middle of the Utah defense. Halley Breakwell then doubled to center field, but a nice relay throw from Hadley in center field to Flippen at second base met Pacheco at home plate to tag pinch runner Michaela Barr at home plate for the second out of the frame and keep ISU off the scoreboard.
Utah put up four more runs in the fourth inning as senior right fielder Trina Gomez reached base on fielder's choice of a bunt. Sophomore third baseman Kristen Stewart then drew a one-out walk and Hadley connected for a single to left field that was misplayed by the Bengal outfielder and allowed both Gomez and Stewart to score with Hadley taking second base. Dickman then drilled a base hit to right field to put Utes on the corners as Flippen hit into a fielder's choice, but Dickman was able to beat the ISU shortstop's throw to second base as Hadley scored. Utah's final run of the frame came when Mendenhall roped an RBI base hit up the middle for her 12th RBI of the season.
The Bengals fought back with six unanswered run in the fifth and sixth innings to tie the game entering the seventh frame.
Idaho State (18-12) was led by three-hit, two-RBI outings by Vicky Galasso and Halley Breakwell.
Utah next heads to Los Angeles for a three-game series at No. 1 UCLA this weekend in Westwood's Easton Stadium, starting Friday at 7 p.m. PT.