Bridget Castro hit her fourth homer of the season on Sunday at No. 1 UCLA.
March 30, 2014
LOS ANGELES - Freshman first baseman Bridget Castro blasted her team-high fourth home run of the season, but the University of Utah softball team could not avoid a 4-1 loss at No. 1 UCLA in a Pac-12 Conference series finale on Sunday at Easton Stadium.
Utah (12-15, 1-7 Pac-12) jumped out to a 1-0 lead after two innings as Castro clocked her team-high fourth homer of the year with one out in the second, a solo shot that gave the Utes a 1-0 lead. She has driven in 17 runs this season.
In her sixth start of the season, freshman Sammy Cordova was solid on the mound as she threw 3.2 shutout innings against UCLA. Unfortunately, the Bruins put up four runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth frames to push Cordova's record down to 4-2 this season. In 6.0 innings on the day, Cordova yielded four earned runs on seven hits with four strikeouts.
Sophomore third baseman Kristen Stewart had a base hit to left field with one out in the top of the third
The Utes threatened in the sixth as junior left fielder Kate Dickman lined a 2-2 count for a double to right-center field. She now has 12 extra-base hits this season. Freshman second baseman Hannah Flippen reached base after a fielder's choice by UCLA's third baseman, but Dickman was thrown out at home plate.
Junior designated player Taylor Jordan lined a single up the middle off the second pitch she saw in her seventh-inning at-bat.
No. 1 UCLA (33-2, 8-1 Pac-12) was led by a complete-game performance by Ally Carda, who allowed one run on four hits to improve to 19-1 on the year. With two out, Castro reached base after a fielding error by UCLA