Junior Marissa Mendenhall had a pair of hits during Friday's contest at No. 6 Arizona State.
April 11, 2014
TEMPE - Six different Utes recorded hits and three different players drove in runs, but the University of Utah softball team dropped a 4-3 decision at No. 6 Arizona State in the middle game of a Pac-12 Conference series on Friday evening at Farrington Stadium.
Utah (16-18, 3-10 Pac-12) had seven hits without an error, while Arizona State came up with seven hits and committed one error.
In 6.0 innings of work, freshman right-hander Sammy Cordova allowed four earned runs on seven hits with three strikeouts and three walks. Cordova only allowed one run over the last four innings of the contest, but the Huntington Beach, Calif., native fell to 7-4 on the season.
Junior right-fielder Marissa Mendenhall came up with her seventh multi-hit effort of 2014 after going 2-of-4. Mendenhall also owns a current team-high five-game hit streak.
Junior left fielder Kate Dickman put up her 51st hit of the season with one out in the first inning and she currently enjoys a four-game hit streak.
Sophomore third baseman Kristen Stewart also reached base in the second inning after being hit by a pitch. Senior center fielder Chalese Hadley drew a leadoff walk to start the third before freshman second baseman Hannah Flippen grounded out to advance Hadley to second. Freshman shortstop Anissa Urtez then looped an RBI single to left field to push Hadley across home plate for her team-high 27th run driven in on the season.
Freshman first baseman Bridget Castro, Mendenhall and sophomore third baseman Kristen Stewart each singled with one out to load the bases with Utes in the sixth. Freshman pinch hitter Bella Secaira then rolled a sacrifice ground ball to ASU's shortstop to bring junior pinch runner Shelbi Everett across home plate for Utah's second score of the contest and her ninth RBI of the season. Junior pinch hitter Mariah Ramirez drew a walk to re-load the bases, but the Utes were unable to pull any closer.
Flippen started Utah's seventh frame with an impressive bunt single and Dickman rolled into a fielder's choice. Castro stepped up and launched a sacrifice fly to left field to score Dickman for Utah's third and final score of the contest and 26th RBI of the season. Unfortunately, the Utes were unable to come up with the game-tying run.
No. 6 Arizona State (37-6, 11-3 Pac-12) was led by shortstop Cheyenne Coyle, who went 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored.
The series concludes tomorrow at 12 p.m. PT with live audio and statistics available at thesundevils.com.