Sammy Cordova and the Utes continue their series at Arizona on Saturday at 6 p.m.
April 25, 2014
TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Utah softball team fell in a 7-1 decision at No. 9 Arizona in its Pac-12 Conference series opener on Friday at Hillenbrand Stadium.
Utah (23-22, 5-13 Pac-12) saw sophomore catcher Shelby Pacheco run her current hit streak to five games with a base hit center field off the first pitch she saw with two out in the top of the fourth frame. Pacheco also scored for Utah in the Ute half of the third inning.
The Utes drew seven walks on the night with Pacheco, freshman first baseman Bridget Castro, sophomore third baseman Kristen Stewart and drawing two apiece. Senior center fielder Chalese Hadley also drew a free pass.
On the mound, freshman right-hander Sammy Cordova allowed seven earned runs on seven hits in 6.0 innings of work during her fifth complete-game effort of the season, but saw her record fall to 8-7.
After the Wildcats put up five runs in their first two at-bats, Utah got on the board for the first time in the third frame. Pacheco and Hadley drew back-to-back walks and Flippen reached base after an Arizona throwing error on her sacrifice bunt allowed Pacheco to score from second base.
Arizona tacked on two more runs in the bottom half of the sixth to set the final margin.
The series continues tomorrow at 6 p.m. local time with a live video stream and stats available at arizonawildcats.com.