Junior Mariah Ramirez picked up two wins on the mound on Monday at Utah Valley.
April 14, 2014
OREM - Junior Mariah Ramirez picked up two wins on the mound and had three hits with four RBI to lead the University of Utah softball team to a pair of wins at Utah Valley, 6-2 and 8-1, in a non-conference doubleheader at Utah Valley on Monday at Wolverine Softball Field.
Utah (18-19) totaled 17 hits in the day as Ramirez went 3-for-7 with four RBI, while picking up two wins on the mound, going 10.2 innings and allowing a pair of earned runs on only eight hits with five strikeouts. She is now 3-3 on the season.
Junior Kate Dickman had three hits and three runs with three runs scored between the two games.
Game One: Utah def. Utah Valley, 6-2
Freshman Sammy Cordova made the start and went 1.1 innings, allowing an earned run on four hits. Ramirez came on in relief for 5.2 innings, yielding just one earned run on four hits with three strikeouts to improve to 2-3 on the year.
Dickman and sophomore third baseman Kristen Stewart each had two-hit performances in the first game of the day.
UVU struck first with a run in the bottom of the first before Utah put together a three-run third inning. Senior Trina Gomez led off with a single to center field and freshman second baseman Hannah Flippen dropped down a bunt single to put Ute runners on first and second. Freshman shortstop Anissa Urtez knocked an RBI single to right-center field for her 28th RBI of the year. Ramirez then smacked a two-run double through the left-center field gap for her 10th and 11th RBI of the season to give Utah a 3-1 edge.
The Utes tacked on two more runs as Ramirez drew a leadoff walk and advanced to third after a UVU fielding error. Junior pinch hitter Kendal Bergman looped a two-run single through the right side of the Wolverine defense, which now gives her three RBI in 2014.
Game Two: Utah def. Utah Valley, 8-1
Ramirez started the second game of the day on the mound and went 5.0 innings, allowing just one earned run on four hits with a pair of strikeouts. The Hawaiian Gardens, Calif., native picked up the win to 3-3 on the season.
Ramirez helped herself at the plate by going 2-for-4 with two runs driven in, while six other Utes also had hits.
Sophomore right-hander Kayce Nieto came on for two innings of relief. She only faced nine hitters and did not allow an earned run on only four hits in 2.0 innings.
Utah got on the scoreboard with three runs in the third frame as Flippen drew a leadoff walk and Ute runners were on first and second with one out after Dickman hit a ground ball that was misplayed by the UVU second baseman. Urtez then dropped down a sacrifice bunt to advance the Utes to second and third base. Freshman first baseman Bridge Castro followed by lining an RBI single to right field to push across her 27th RBI of the year. Ramirez then stepped up with another RBI single back up the middle to score and Dickman and push her RBI total to 12 for the season. Stewart hit an RBI ground out to the Wolverine third baseman to give Utah a 3-1 edge after Stewart's fifth RBI of the year.
The Utes tacked on two more runs as Dickman cracked her third round-tripper of the season to score Gomez and give Utes a 5-1 lead. Dickman now has 27 RBI in 2014.
Flippen connected for her third triple of the season off the base of the left-center field wall and three consecutive walks by Dickman, Urtez and Hadley forced in Utah's sixth score of the contest. Ramirez rolled a ground ball to the UVU shortstop to allow Dickman to plate Utah's seventh run and the eighth run came across as Mendenhall hit an RBI ground out to third base to set the final margin at 8-1.
The Utes return to Pac-12 Conference competition this weekend with a three-game set at Utah Softball Stadium against Stanford. Thursday's series opener starts at 3 p.m. MT and will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks with Anne Marie Anderson (PBP) and Teri Goldberg (Analyst).