Melissa Stahnke smacked a three-run homer in the Utes' victory over UNLV.
April 18, 2003
Las Vegas, Nev.--Utah improved to 4-3 in conference play and 14-19 overall as it grabbed game one of a twin bill against UNLV on Friday afternoon. The Rebels drop to 18-28, overall and 2-7 in league play.
It was a pitchers' duel through the first five innings between Ute Jen Pursell and Rebel Becky McDonald. The only runs came from a UNLV homer by Wendy Godwin and an RBI single by Jackie Wong to make it 1-1. In the sixth, Utah errupted for four runs to grab a 5-1 lead, that they wouldn't yield. Utah began the inning with the first five batters hitting safely. The Utes used three consecutive doubles and a three-run bomb by Melissa Stahnke to do the scoring.
Pursell waivered a little in the bottom of the sixth. After an error kept the inning going, she allowed a bases loaded double that scored three and cut the lead in half, 8-4. But that was the last of the offense for either team.
Pursell moves to 9-11 on the year after getting the win. The California native scattered eight hits and allowed just one earned run (four total) in the contest. The homer was the sixth of the year for Stahnke, who is Utah's career leader.