Lynsey Wall's two-run home run in the seventh inning got the Utes back in the win column as they bagged a pair of wins over SDSU today.
April 23, 2005
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah softball team has had trouble with timely hitting lately. But, that didn't show today as the Utes bagged a pair of conference wins over San Diego State here this afternoon, 2-1 and 1-0.
The Utes (17-24 overall, 5-9 Mountain West) tallied key hits with runners in scoring position in both games to bag the nip-and-tuck victories this afternoon. The Aztecs' slump continues as they drop to 23-25 overall and to 1-13 in loop action.
Lindsie Nielsen stepped into the circle in game one, and despite scattering seven Aztec hits, she held them to one run (unearned) and fanned five batters in tallying only three walks. Brianna Gourdin tossed a gem in game two. She threw a three-hitter and struck out one while allowing no walks.
Eight of the 11 Utes who saw action today got at least one hit. Leading the offensive effort was Bryanne Durrence and Jackie Wong. Both had two hits and a run scored on the day. Durrence extended her hitting streak to five games before it snapped in the night cap while Wong saw her current streak extend itself to five games.
SDSU 1, Utah 2
SDSU's Celena Velasquez had stymied Ute batters for six innings, holding them to a meager three hits. However, the Utes rallied in the seventh and tallied two big-time hits for the winning effort.
Trailing 1-0 in their final at bat, Durrence led it off with a bunt single and represented the tying run. However, Lynsey Wall stepped in and ended the game quickly, sending a towering, two-run shot over left-center field. Her fifth home run of the year lifted the Utes to a 2-1 come-from-behind win.
The Utes bagged the victory despite being out hit, 7-5.
SDSU 0, Utah 2
Freshman Diana Phillips tallied the key hit in game two to propel the home team to its second straight and fifth conference win.
With Wong and Meghan Crouse on the corners, Phillips sent a rocket down the right field line. Crouse easily scored to make it 1-0 but the right fielder bobbled the ground ball and allowed Wong to truck it in all way the from first.
Defense was stellar in the night cap as well. Gourdin pitched four innings of perfect ball in finishing with a three-hitter on the day.
The Aztecs did have a chance to capture a 1-0 lead in their half of the fifth. Kristen Carranza doubled deep to left field with Bree Boyer on at first. Boyer tried to round the horn and score but an exceptionally executed relay from Wall to Sharee Fonoti to Durrence at home nabbed the would-be run.
Gourdin would retire seven of the last nine Aztec batters after their scoring attempt, including a 1-2-3 seventh inning.