Freshman second baseman Hannah Flippen went 3-for-3 with an RBI on Saturday at No.1 UCLA.
March 29, 2014
LOS ANGELES - Freshman second baseman Hannah Flippen went 3-for-3 with an RBI, but the University of Utah softball team fell in a 13-3 decision in six innings at No. 1 UCLA during a Pac-12 Conference game on Saturday at Easton Stadium.
Utah (12-14, 1-6 Pac-12) scored three runs in the fifth frame, starting when sophomore catcher Shelby Pacheco reached on a UCLA error and sophomore third baseman reached on a fielder's choice and pinch runner Shelbi Everett was safe at second base after a Bruin throwing error. Sophomore third baseman Stewart also got aboard with a fielder's choice, senior center fielder Chalese Hadley then singled up the middle to load the bases before a ball hit by junior left fielder Kate Dickman was misplayed and allowed Everett to plate Utah's first run of the game. Flippen then knocked an RBI base hit to right field to score Stewart before Castro launched a sacrifice fly to left center field to plate Hadley.
Flippen is now tied for the team lead with 12 multi-hit games this season after posting a 3-for-3 day at the plate with an RBI. She has 36 hits and 16 RBI this season.
Flippen singled to right field off a full-count delivery in the first inning for Utah's first hit of the contest. Castro led off Utah's second at-bat with a single through the left side of the Bruin defense. Flippen singled again in the fourth, while Urtez doubled to left-center field for her 12th extra-base hit of the season.
No. 1 UCLA (32-2, 7-1 Pac-12) was led by a 4-for-4 day at the plate by Brittany Moeai.
The Utes wrap up their series at UCLA tomorrow at 12 p.m. PT with live audio and stats available at uclabruins.com.