Hannah Flippen had six hits and five RBI during Tuesday's doubleheader against Southern Utah.
April 22, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY - Freshman second baseman Hannah Flippen hit .750 and drove in five runs as the University of Utah softball team split a non-conference doubleheader with Southern Utah on Tuesday. The Utes took the first game in five innings by a 12-4 score before falling in a 14-10 decision in game two.
Utah (23-21) hit .417 on the day as a team to go with a .683 slugging percentage and .471 on-base percentage as the Utes have put up double-digits in runs in each of their last five games.
Flippen had six hits in eight at-bats on the day with five RBI and a 1.125 slugging percentage as she touched nine bases, including her eighth double and sixth triple of the season, in her eight official at-bats. The Bonita, Calif., native is now fourth on the team with 31 RBI also scored five times and was perfect in the field on 14 chances without an error.
Junior left fielder Kate Dickman had a .500 day at the plate with four hits in eight official at-bats, including her team-high 14th double of the year. The Mission Viejo, Calif., native drove in three runs on the day to move her total for the season to 36, which ranks second on the squad.
Freshman shortstop Anissa Urtez cracked her fifth homer of the year and totaled three RBI on the day. She leads the Utes with 41 RBI this season and ranks second on the roster with five home runs.
Game 1: Utah def. Southern Utah, 12-4 (5 inn.)
Flippen was 3-for-4 with three RBI in game one, while scoring two runs. Dickman went 2-for-3 with an RBI in the opener, while scoring three runs. Junior right fielder Marissa Mendenhall drove in two runs as well.
Sophomore Kayce Nieto allowed only three hits in 3.0 innings to even her record at 11 wins to 11 losses on the season. Freshman Sammy Cordova came on for 2.0 innings of relief, giving up four earned runs on six hits.
Utah added another run in the second frame as Dickman looped a one-out double to right field and crossed home plate after Urtez followed immediately with an RBI base hit to left field for her 40th RBI on the year.
Sophomore third baseman Kristen Stewart drew a leadoff walk to begin the third as Mendenhall reached base after an SUU throwing error and Pacheco also got aboard after another T-Bird miscue that allowed Stewart to score. Junior Kendal Bergman lined an RBI single down the right-field line before Flippen drove a two-run single back up the middle to build the Utah lead to 9-0.
The T-Birds responded with two runs apiece in the fourth and fifth frames, but the Utes came back with a run in the fifth as Bergman drew a one-out walk and pinch runner Trina Gomez came home after Flipped ripped an RBI double down the left-field line. Dickman then blooped an RBI single to left field to score Utah's 11th run before senior center fielder Chalese Hadley blasted the walk-off single to left field that put the run rule into effect as the Utes came away with the 12-4 win in five innings.
Game 2: Southern Utah def. Utah, 14-10
Flippen went 3-for-4 again with a pair of RBI and three runs scored, while Dickman also had two hits that drove in two runs. Urtez cracked her fifth homer of the year, a two-run shot, to highlight the Ute attack.
Hadley had three hits in four at-bats to go with a run driven in and a run scored.
Junior Mariah Ramirez threw 4.0 innings in the start and gave up seven earned runs on 12 hits with a pair of strikeouts and one walk. Unfortunately, she saw her record dip to 4-4 on the year. Nieto yielded six earned runs on seven hits in 3.0 innings of relief.
The T-Birds scored a pair of runs in the top of the first before Urtez smacked a two-run home over the center field wall to tie the game at two runs apiece.
SUU scored five runs in its half of the third, but Gomez dropped down a bunt single to start its half of the third. Flippen reached on a T-Bird miscue that allowed Gomez to cross home plate and Dickman brought her home with a sacrifice fly to left field. Castro doubled through the left-center field gap and came home after a Ramirez single back up the middle of the T-Bird defense brought Castro home for Utah's third tally of the frame.
The Utes scored three more times in the bottom of the fourth, beginning with Flippen singling to left field. Gomez walked before Flippen smacked triple down the left-field line to push two more Utah runners across home plate. Dickman then reached on an error that allowed Flippen to score and cap Utah's scoring for the inning.
After a five-minute delay to let a wind storm pass before the start of the bottom of the sixth, Flippen dropped down another bunt single and Dickman put Utes on first and second after knocking a single to center field. Unfortunately, Utah was unable to score additional runs.
Stewart looped a leadoff triple down the right-field line to start the seventh frame and Hadley brought her home with a bloop, RBI single to right-center field. Hadley moved to second after a ground out and Dickman knocked her across home plate for Utah's 10th score of the contest.
The Utes resume Pac-12 Conference competition over the weekend at No. 10 Arizona, starting Friday at 6 p.m. MT. Live video will be available at pac-12.com/videos/university-arizona-2 with live stats at arizonawildcats.com.