Anissa Urtez homered and tripled for four RBI on Saturday at No. 9 Arizona.
April 26, 2014
TUCSON, Ariz. - Freshman shortstop Anissa Urtez went 2-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored, but the University of Utah softball team lost an 11-7 contest to No. 9 Arizona on Saturday night at Hillenbrand Stadium.
Utah (23-23, 5-14 Pac-12) was led at the plate throughout the evening by Urtez, who hit a two-run double and two-run home run against the Wildcats. This season, Urtez improved her team-high RBI total to 45. She is also tied for team-high honors with six home runs and ranks second on the team with 10 doubles. Urtez is now second on the squad with 16 multi-hit efforts in 2014 and has nine games with two or more RBI.
Junior Mariah Ramirez threw 4.0 innings of relief and gave up five earned runs on 11 hits with a strikeout and walk, but her record fell to 4-5 on the year. Sophomore Kayce Nieto went 2.0 innings in her 23rd start of the year on the mound, yielding four runs on five hits.
The Ute defense turned two more double plays to increase its nation-leading double-play total to 39 on the season.
The Wildcats opened the scoring with a pair of home runs for three scores in the first inning, but the Utes responded with five runs in their half of the third. Taylor Jordan and Flippen led off with walks and both crossed home plate after a one-out double down the left-field line by Urtez to chase Arizona starting pitcher Shelby Babcock from the game. Castro and sophomore third baseman Kristen Stewart then drew back-to-back walks to load the bases and sophomore catcher Pacheco drew another walk to force Urtez home for the game-tying run. A fielding error by the Wildcat shortstop on a ground ball hit by senior Chalese Hadley allowed then allowed Stewart and Castro to score and give Utah a 5-3 edge.
The Wildcats regained the lead with a four-run fifth and tacked on a run apiece in both the fifth and sixth frames to set the final margin at 11-7.
The series concludes tomorrow at 12 p.m. with live video and stats at arizonawildcats.com.