Kate Dickman had four hits and four RBI during Utah's doubleheader sweep at Weber State on Sunday.
April 8, 2014
OGDEN, Utah - Junior left fielder Kate Dickman had four hits and four RBI to lead the University of Utah softball team to a doubleheader sweep (9-2, 9-4) at Weber State on Wednesday at Wildcat Softball Stadium.
Utah (16-16) had a 22-14 edge in hits as the Utes outscored the Wildcats 18-6 on the day.
Dickman went 4-for-10 at the plate between the two games with four driven in, while senior center fielder Chalese Hadley had three with three runs scored and one run driven in.
Game 1: Utah def. Weber State, 9-2
Utah hitters were patient in the first game of the day as they drew a season-high nine walks. Dickman recorded two hits to go with a pair of RBI, while junior right fielder Marissa Mendenhall was 2-for-4 at the plate with one driven in during the opener.
Freshman Sammy Cordova threw four innings and allowed two earned runs on five hits with a strikeout and three walks in her ninth start of the season to improve to 7-3 on the season after picking up the win in the decision.
Junior Mariah Ramirez was effective in relief as she pitched 3.0 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits while striking out one and walking one.
The Ute defense behind Cordova and Ramirez did its part by turning a season-high three double plays in the contest.
Freshman first baseman Bridget Castro drew a leadoff walk to start the second and advanced to second base after sophomore third baseman Kristen Stewart's fourth sacrifice bunt of the season. Mendenhall then smacked a single to right field that allowed Castro to score from second base for her 14th RBI of the season to put Utah ahead 1-0.
WSU got one run back in the third frame and the Utes got out of a one-out, bases loaded jam to maintain a 5-2 lead after three innings. Hadley doubled with one out in the top of the fourth and Flippen drew another walk before a Dickman groundout put Utah runners on second and third again. Unfortunately, the Wildcats were able to get out of the jam and retire the side, while keeping the Utes off the scoreboard.
Castro drew another leadoff walk to start the fifth frame and Gomez slapped a one-out single past the Wildcat second baseman before sophomore catcher Shelby Pacheco drew Utah's seventh free pass of the contest to force home the Utes' sixth run of the contest.
Mendenhall blasted the first pitch off the left-field wall in the seventh inning and Pacheco and Hadley drew back-to-back walks to pack the bags full of Utes with no outs. Flippen was then hit by a pitch to force Mendenhall in for the Utes' seventh score of the contest. Dickman then drove a two-run single to right field to set the final margin at 9-2 in favor of Utah.
Game 2: Utah def. Weber State, 9-4
Flippen went 4-for-5 with two RBI, while Dickman added two more hits and two more RBI in the second game of the day. Ramirez also had two hits in the contest and drove in a team-high three runs.
Sophomore Kayce Nieto turned in her seventh complete-game performance of the season, giving up four earned runs on seven hits to go with three strikeouts without a walk improve her record to 8-10 in pitching decisions this season.
Weber State got on the scoreboard first with four runs in the bottom of the first, but it was all Utah from that point forward.
The Ute offense exploded with at least one run in the final four innings, beginning with back-to-back three-run innings in the top of the fourth and fifth frames.
The fourth frame began with Flippen dropping down a bunt single for Utah's first hit of the contest in the top of the fourth. Dickman then looped a single to left center to put Utes on first and second and Castro lofted her fourth sacrifice fly of the season to right field that allowed Flippen to score. Ramirez then roped an RBI single through the right-center field gap for Utah's second run of the contest. Mendenhall kept the inning going by connecting on another RBI single through the left side of the Weber State defense to push pinch runner Trina Gomez across home plate.
In the top of the fifth, Hadley laid down a bunt single and Flippen singled down the right-field line and an errant throw by the WSU first baseman allowed Hadley to advance to third base. Dickman ripped the first delivery she saw into the left-center field gap for an RBI double to tie the game for the first time at four runs apiece. Ramirez capped the inning by lacing a two-run single up the middle to put Utah ahead 6-4.
The Utes added two more scores in the top of the sixth as Pacheco singled to left-center before Flippen looped an RBI triple to left field. Dickman hit an RBI groundout to third base to score Flippen for the Utes' eighth unanswered run.
Utah managed three hits in the top of the seventh and scored its ninth consecutive run to set the final margin at 9-4 in favor of the Utes.
The Utes resume Pac-12 Conference competition this weekend at No. 6 Arizona State, starting Thursday at 7 p.m. MT. Action from Farrington Stadium will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks with Anne Marie Anderson (PBP) and Amanda Freed (Analyst) calling the action.