Sophomore left fielder Hannah Clements hit two home runs and a double Tuesday at Boise State.
April 6, 2010
BOISE, Idaho - Sophomore left fielder Hannah Clements hit a pair of solo home runs as the University of Utah softball team was defeated 2-1 in the first game and won 6-3 in the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday at Mountain Cove Park.
Utah (17-18) was led offensively throughout the day by Clements, who went 3-for-5 at the plate, including a double, two home runs that broke up no-hitters for Boise State pitchers, and three RBI. Clements had three home runs all of last season and now owns eight for her career. She is also tied for second place on the team for homers this season.
Senior right-hander Ashley Smuda moved to 14-8 this season after earning the decision in both games. She allowed only one run on two hits in 6.1 innings of work with four strikeouts. Sophomore Brittany Parker totaled five innings, giving up one run on four hits to along with four strikeouts.
Game 1: Boise State def. Utah, 2-1
Clements knocked her fourth home run of the season over the right-center field wall in the bottom of the sixth inning for Utah's first hit of the contest to tie the game at one run apiece.
In her seventh start of the season, Parker pitched 5.0 solid innings, allowing only one earned run on four hits with two strikeouts. Smuda came on in 1.1 innings of relief but took her eighth loss of the season and struck out two.
Clements and Lindsey Palmer collected hits for the Utes against Crump, who earned her ninth win of the year by pitching the complete game and allowing one earned run on two hits.
Parker was in a jam in the third inning with Bronco runners at first and third base with no outs but then got the Broncos to roll into a 6-4-3 double play. Unfortunately, the Utes could not retire Holly Bourke, who in turn knocked a single off the center-field wall to plate the first run of the game. Bourke then stole second base and Allie Crump hit another single but Bourke was thrown out at the plate by Kara Foster. Foster now has three assists this season from her center-field station and 37 for her career.
Unfortunately, Boise State's Jessi Hanna was able to hit the game-winning home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Broncos the 2-1 win.
Game 2: Utah def. Boise State, 6-3
Early in the second contest, the Broncos jumped out to a 3-0 advantage by scoring one run in their first three at-bats.
BSU's Kellie Caplan doubled to open up the bottom of the first inning then scored on a single by Kathy Cox to put the Broncos ahead, 1-0.
With one out in the second inning, Christina Capobianco hit her fifth home run of the season to right-center field to increase BSU's lead to 2-0.
In the third frame, Jessie Hanna led off with a single then the bases were loaded after the Boise State batters were hit by a pitch and drew a walk
Utah gained momentum offensively by scoring two runs in the fourth inning.
Clements led off the frame by smashing a 2-1 pitch off the right-field scoreboard in the top of the fourth inning to put the Utes on the board for the first time in the second game.
Hoopiiaina then reached base after a passed ball on a strikeout and eventually scored as Holm drove a double down the left-field line for her 13th RBI of the year and the 42nd of her career.
The Utes then seized their first lead of the day with two more runs in their half of the sixth inning, beginning with Hoopiiaina reaching on an error by the Bronco third baseman. Tia Palauni then lined a single down the right-field line then Hoopiiaina was sent home on a gutsy base-running decision to tie the game at three runs apiece. Palauni then scored after Holm jolted a single over the BSU shortstop.
Utah tacked on two more runs in the seventh inning to gain a commanding 6-3 advantage they would hold. Alyssa Garcia reached base after a passed ball then Sandi Bowles entered as a pinch runner. Bowles would later score after a Clements double to left-center field. Hoopiiaina followed with another double to drive in Clements.
Sophomore pitcher and Eagle, Idaho native Joni Cook got the start, going 2.0 innings and allowing three runs on six hits. Smuda came on in relief and earned the win, going 5.0 innings while allowing only one hit with two strikeouts.
The Utes begin Mountain West Conference action by taking on BYU in the first game of the Deseret First Duel series on Friday. First pitch from Gail Miller Field is set for 6 p.m.