Kristen Stewart blasted a grand slam to lead Utah to an 8-3 win over Stanford on Friday.
April 18, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY - Sophomore third baseman Kristen Stewart hit the second grand slam for the Utes in as many days to lead the University of Utah softball team to an 8-3 win over Stanford in the middle game of a Pac-12 Conference series Friday in Salt Lake City.
Utah (20-19, 5-11 Pac-12) had seven players record hits and seven different Utes scored and are now enjoying a four-game win streak. Utah is now in search of its first-ever Pac-12 series sweep heading into Saturday's series finale.
Stewart's grand slam was her fourth multi-RBI effort of the year and it was also her second round-tripper of season. She has driven in 10 runs this season.
Junior left fielder Kate Dickman was the lone Ute with multiple hits and she has posted 18 multi-hit outings this year, while five other Utes recorded hits in the contest.
Freshman second baseman Hannah Flippen turned in her eighth game with two or more RBI.
Sophomore right-hander Kayce Nieto went 6.0 innings during her 20th start of the mound, yielding three earned runs on 11 hits to the Cardinal without a walk. With the win, the Farmington Hills, Mich., native improve to 9-11 in pitching decisions this season.
Junior Mariah Ramirez threw the final inning to preserve the win and did not give up a hit in the seventh frame to preserve the win.
Utah started fast as it batted around with six different Utes recording hits and scored seven runs in the first frame.
Flippen reached in the first inning after a throwing error by the Cardinal put her on second base and Dickman drilled a single up the middle for her 28th RBI on the season. Freshman shortstop Anissa Urtez followed with another single up the middle before freshman first baseman Bridget Castro drew a walk to pack the bags full of Utes. Stewart then smacked Utah's second grand slam in as many days to give Utah a 5-0 lead.
Junior right fielder Marissa Mendenhall continued the inning by following with her team-high-tying fifth round-tripper of the year over the right-center field wall to push the Ute lead to 6-0. Freshman catcher Shelby Pacheco looped her sixth double of the season to right field before Flippen then launched her second sacrifice fly to left field that allowed Pacheco to plate Utah's seventh score of the frame.
Stewart drew a leadoff walk to start the third and advanced to second after Mendenhall dropped down her second sacrifice bunt of the season. Pinch hitter Kendal Bergman drew another walk before Flippen smacked an RBI base hit for her 22nd RBI of the year.
Dickman began Utah's sixth inning with a double through the left-center field gap and Castro drew a one-out walk, but Utah was unable to add an additional score.
Stanford (25-18, 2-12 Pac-12) mustered 13 hits on the day with five different players recording two hits.
The finale of the series between Utah and Stanford starts tomorrow at 12 p.m. MT with live video and stats on utahutes.com.