Hannah Flippen had a team-high three hits Saturday against Stanford.
April 19, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY - Five different Utes posted multi-hit efforts and three drove in two or more runs, but the University of Utah softball team was edged in a 12-11 decision by Stanford in the Pac-12 Conference series finale on Saturday at Utah Softball Stadium.
Despite the outcome of the series finale, Utah (20-20, 5-12 Pac-12) took two out of three from Stanford for its second straight Pac-12 home series victory.
The Utes stole a season-high five bases in the series finale as sophomore third baseman Kristen Stewart stole a pair.
Stewart was impressive at the plate as well as she had two hits and two RBI for her second straight multi-RBI game and third overall this season. She now has four multi-hit efforts in 2014. The Covina, Calif., native now has 12 RBI this season.
Freshman second baseman Hannah Flippen had a team-high three hits in four at-bats. She also scored twice and drove in a run and now ranks second on the squad with 52 hits this season.
Junior left fielder Kate Dickman and freshman first baseman Bridget Castro also had two-hit, two-RBI days. Dickman is now enjoying a 10-game hit streak and holds team-high honors with 19 multi-hit games to go with 10 games with multiple RBI. Castro now has 11 games with two or more hits, while posting seven games with at least two RBI.
Junior Mariah Ramirez went 6.1 innings in her seventh start of the season and sophomore Kayce Nieto and freshman Sammy Cordova both made relief appearances. Unfortunately, Cordova was dealt the loss and is now 7-6 on the year.
The Cardinal struck first with a solo homer over the right-field fence in the top of the first, but the Utes came back with a pair in the home half. Flippen led off the Utah half of the first frame with a single to right field, Dickman grounded back to the pitcher before Urtez drew a one-out walk. Castro then flew out to right field but an errant throw by the Cardinal allowed Dickman to come around for the equalizer. Urtez took third base after a passed ball before Stewart then drove an RBI single up the middle of the Cardinal defense to cap the inning's scoring.
Stanford put up two more runs in the visiting half of the second. Senior right fielder Trina Gomez hit a leadoff single and stole second to begin Utah's second. Flippen roped a base hit to left field for an RBI single for her 24th RBI of the season to re-tie the game for the second time at three runs apiece. Urtez then drilled another RBI single back up the middle to give Utah a 4-3 lead after her 35th run driven in. Urtez took second on the throw and the bags were packed with Utes after Castro drew a walk. Stewart then rolled a ground ball to the Stanford shortstop that was misplayed that allowed Dickman and Urtez to post two more runs for the Utes.
In the third frame, Utah scored four runs with two out. Sophomore catcher Shelby Pacheco and Gomez drew back-to-back free passes to start the third frame and the bases were loaded with two down when Dickman drove a two-run single to right field. Urtez blooped a base hit to center field before Castro followed with another RBI base hit. Stewart punctuated the rally with an RBI base hit to plate Urtez for Utah's fourth and final score of the frame.
Stanford (26-18, 3-12 Pac-12) tied the game for the third time with a seven-run sixth inning and put on two more runs to grab a 12-10 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh.
In the seventh inning for Utah, Flippen started things with a single past the Cardinal third baseman. Dickman then slapped a single down the left-field line to put runners on first and second before Castro looped a single through the right-center field gap to score Flippen and advance Dickman to third base. Unfortunately, the Utes were unable to push Dickman across home plate to tie the game for the fourth time.
The Utes host a doubleheader against Utah Valley on Monday with live video stream and stats at utahutes.com.