Bridget Castro had two hits and two RBI on Sunday against Oregon State.
April 6, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY - Freshman first baseman Bridget Castro registered two hits and drove in two runs, but the University of Utah softball team was edged by Oregon State 6-4 on Sunday in its Pac-12 Conference series finale.
Utah (14-16, 3-8 Pac-12) had six players record hits and three drove in runs, led by Castro's 10th multi-hit performance of the season. The Bellflower, Calif., native had a single in the sixth and knocked a two-run triple to right field to help Utah's rally in the seventh.
Sophomore catcher Shelby Pacheco registered two hits in three at-bats after a single to left field in the second inning and an RBI single past the OSU third baseman for her ninth RBI of the season.
Freshman Sammy Cordova made her eighth start of the season and went 3.2 innings with four earned runs on eight hits, but her record fell to 6-3 on the season. Sophomore Kayce Nieto pitched the final 3.1 innings in relief and did not allow an earned run on only four hits with three strikeouts.
The Beavers scored a run in the first frame, but Utah did not wait long to respond as Flippen drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second base after an illegal pitch. Castro drew the second free pass of the frame before Stewart cracked an RBI single up the middle for her fourth RBI of the season. Unfortunately, Castro was thrown out at home plate on a nice relay from the OSU center fielder to keep the game even at one run apiece.
Utah rallied for two runs in the seventh frame as Flippen started things with a bunt single and Urtez smacked a single before Castro lined her second triple of the season to right field, which drove in two Ute scores and she now has 23 RBI on the season.
Oregon State (13-20, 3-8 Pac-12) picked up the win thanks to a complete-game effort on the mound by Amanda Najdek. She issued four earned runs on eight hits with four strikeouts to move to 9-12 on the year.
The Utes head north for a non-conference doubleheader at Weber State on Tuesday. First pitch from Wildcat Softball Stadium is set for 2 p.m. MT with live stats at weberstatesports.com.