Marissa Mendenhall cracked her third homer of the season Thursday at No. 6 Arizona State.
April 10, 2014
TEMPE, Ariz. - Junior right fielder Marissa Mendenhall connected on a solo home run to center field in the seventh, but the University of Utah softball team dropped a 5-1 decision at No. 6 Arizona State on Thursday during the first game of their Pac-12 Conference series at Farrington Stadium.
Mendenhall has hit three round-trippers this season and eight over her career. This season, the Stansbury Park, Utah native has 16 RBI in 2014 and 57 during her career. She now has eight extra-base hits during her junior campaign.
Junior left fielder Kate Dickman recorded her 16th multi-hit effort of the year. She smacked a single up the middle to start the fourth inning and laced a one-out double off the right-center field wall for a double in the sixth. She now owns team-high honors with 50 hits of the season and now has 16 extra-base hits in 2014, 12 being doubles. The Mission Viejo, Calif., native now has 16 multi-hit efforts this season.
Utah (16-17, 3-9 Pac-12) also had freshman second baseman Hannah Flippen led off the game by being hit by a pitch and sophomore third baseman Kristen Stewart also reached base after being hit by a pitch to stat the fifth.
On the mound, sophomore Kayce Nieto went 3.0 innings during her 19th start of the season for the Utes, allowing five earned runs on seven hits with one strikeout. Junior Mariah Ramirez threw 3.0 shutout innings in relief, yielding only one hit to the Sun Devils, while striking out one. Nieto fell to 8-11 on the season with the loss.
No. 6 Arizona State (36-6, 10-3 Pac-12) received a complete-game on the mound by Dallas Escobedo.
The middle game of the series will be held tomorrow at 5 p.m. PT with the action called by Jim Watson (PBP) and Amanda Freed (Analyst) on Pac-12 Networks.