Anissa Urtez drove in six runs with a grand slam and double during Thursday's 12-7 win over Stanford.
April 17, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY - Freshman shortstop Anissa Urtez hit a grand slam and doubled for a season-high total of six RBI to help the University of Utah softball team overcome a 7-0 deficit for a 12-7 win over Stanford in its Pac-12 Conference series opener on Thursday at Utah Softball Stadium.
Utah (19-19, 4-11 Pac-12) scored a season-high 12 runs reached double-digits in runs in conference play for the first time this season against Stanford. The Utes have been in double-figures in runs five times in 2014.
Utah was patient at the plate throughout the day, drawing nine walks from Cardinal pitchers. The Utes also drew nine walks on Apr. 8 at Weber State.
The Ute defense also turned two more double plays to improve their Pac-12 leading total to 33 on the season.
Urtez went 2-for-3 on the day with a two-run double in the fourth and a grand slam in the fourth to set a new career high with six runs driven in. She has 12 multi-hit games this season and seven with two or more RBI. The Long Beach, Calif., native leads the team with 34 RBI this season and ranks second on the squad with four home runs and 15 extra-base hits. Her six RBI tied for the team-high by an individual this season as freshman first baseman Bridget Castro also drove in six against Portland State on Feb. 8.
Castro and sophomore catcher Shelby Pacheco also had two hits apiece. Castro also drove in two runs and now has 10 games with multiple hits in 2014 and six outings with multiple RBI. She ranks second on the team with 29 RBI. Pacheco recorded a pair of doubles and now has five on the season to go with eight RBI.
Freshman Sammy Cordova threw 4.0 innings in her 12th start of the season and gave up seven earned runs on nine hits in the no-decision. Junior Mariah Ramirez came on with three shutout innings of relief and allowed only one hit with only one walk. The Hawaiian Gardens, Calif., native improved to 4-3 on the season.
Sophomore third baseman Kristen Stewart laced a solo homer of the right-center field wall for her first round-tripper of the season for Utah's first score of the contest. Junior right-fielder Marissa Mendenhall walked and Pacheco looped her fourth double of the season to put Utes on the second and third, but unfortunately Utah could not push a second run across.
In the third frame, junior left fielder Kate Dickman smacked a single off the glove of the Cardinal first baseman and scored after Castro drove an RBI single for her 28th RBI of the season.
Mendenhall, Pacheco and freshman pinch hitter Bella Secaira drew three straight walks to start the fourth inning and freshman second baseman Hannah Flippen smacked an RBI single up the middle to force pinch runner Trina Gomez across home plate. Urtez then looped a one-out double through the right-center field for a pair of runs for her 28th and 29th RBI of the season. Castro then popped up her sixth sacrifice fly of the season that allowed Flippen to cross home plate.
Pacheco started the fifth frame with her second double of the contest, this time to center field, before senior center fielder Chalese Hadley and Dickman drew free passes and Urtez plastered a grand slam over the left-field fence to give Utah a 10-7 lead.
Gomez walked to lead off the sixth and Hadley drove an RBI base hit up the middle to bring around Gomez for Utah's 12th straight score to set the final margin.
Stanford (25-17, 2-11 Pac-12) was led by a two-hit, four-RBI performance by second baseman Erin Ashby.
The series continues tomorrow at 3 p.m. MT with the action televised live on Pac-12 Networks. Anne Marie Anderson (PBP) and Teri Goldberg (Analyst) will be on the call.