Freshman third baseman Kristen Stewart came up with an RBI single for the Utes on Sunday at Oregon State.
April 14, 2013
CORVALLIS - Freshman third baseman Kristen Stewart and sophomore right fielder Marissa Mendenhall both drove in runs for the Utes, but the University of Utah softball team lost a 10-2 decision in five innings to Oregon State in the finale of its Pac-12 Conference series Sunday at the OSU Softball Complex.
Utah (18-23-1, 4-11 Pac-12) received base hits from Stewart and sophomore left fielder Kate Dickman. Stewart, a Covina, Calif., native, also drove in a run and now has eight RBI during her freshman campaign, while Dickman has now hit in nine straight games, which is the longest current streak for the Utes.
Mendenhall also drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the first and now has 18 RBI this season.
Senior second baseman Jackie Sweet drew a walk to extend her current reached base streak to 17 games, which is the longest stretch for any Ute this season.
On the mound, sophomore Mariah Ramirez allowed seven earned runs on 13 hits with two walks and her record dipped to 6-9 on the year. Junior Naomi Amu also made an appearance, yielding three earned runs on two hits, while walking one Beaver hitter.
The Utes got off to a quick start as Sweet drew a one-out walk and Dickman singled through the right side to put runners on first and second base. The bases became loaded after senior shortstop Kelsi Hoopiiaina drew the second walk of the frame. Stewart served a run-scoring single to left field off an 0-1 count to score Sweet for Stewart's eighth RBI of the year before Mendenhall lofted a sacrifice fly to left field to plate Dickman and give Utah a 2-0 edge. Mendenhall has now driven in 18 RBI this season.
Oregon State (26-15, 3-9 Pac-12) was led by Tina Andreana on mound, who allowed two runs on two hits with four strikeouts and a pair of walks to improve her record to 5-4 this season.
The Utes take a break from Pac-12 action to face Utah State on Tuesday in Logan. First pitch from LaRee and LaGrand Johnson Field is slated for 1:30 p.m. MT. Fans can follow the live stats at utahutes.com.