Sammy Cordova threw a six-inning, complete-game shutout for Utah during Thursday's 8-0 win.
May 1, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY - Freshman right-hander Sammy Cordova allowed only six hits in her first career complete-game shutout as the University of Utah softball team earned an 8-0 win over Cal in six innings during the first game of their Pac-12 Conference series on Thursday.
Utah (24-24, 6-15 Pac-12) received an impressive performance from Cordova on the mound as she struck out five and walked only one in 6.0 innings of work to improve her record to 9-8 on the season. This was Cordova's seventh complete-game effort of her freshman campaign.
Behind Cordova, the Ute defense turned two more double plays to improve its NCAA-leading total to 42 on the season. The current Utah defense needs one more to tie the school record of 43, which was set in 1989.
The Utah offense pounded out 13 hits as nine different batters recorded hits.
Freshman first baseman Bridget Castro spurred the Ute attack by going 2-for-3 at the plate with three RBI and a run scored. She is now second on the team with 38 RBI this season and has 13 games with two or more hits and nine games with two ore more RBI. The Bellflower, Calif., native is tied for with two others for the team's home run lead as she has now clubbed six this season.
Freshman second baseman Hannah Flippen recorded a game-high three hits in four official at-bats to go with a pair of RBI and two runs scored. She is now tied for the team lead with 12 multi-RBI games this season and has 17 multi-hit outings in 2014. Flippen has knocked in 33 runs this season.
Freshman shortstop Anissa Urtez connected for two hits in two official at-bats with a run scored, her 16th multi-hit game of the year. Urtez has driven in a team-high 45 runs this season.
Flippen started the game off with a bunt single and Urtez smacked a one-out single down the left-field line to put Utes on first and second. Castro then laced a three-run homer over the left-center field to give Utah a 3-0 lead and the Utes are now 16-7 in 2014 when scoring first.
Junior Mariah Ramirez led off the second inning with a single to right field and pinch runner Trina Gomez advanced to second after a sacrifice bunt by sophomore catcher Shelby Pacheco. Flippen then wrapped an RBI double down the left-field line, followed by another RBI double to left field by junior Kate Dickman to put Utah up 5-0.
Urtez was hit by a pitch with one out in the fifth grade before Castro drove a single to right field to put Ute runners before sophomore third baseman Kristen Stewart grounded into an RBI fielder's choice to plate Urtez for her 37th RBI of the year.
The Utes slapped three consecutive doubles in the bottom of the sixth to put the run rule into effect. Pacheco doubled to deep center field with one out to deep center field and scored after another double by senior center fielder Chalese Hadley to left-center field to drive in her 14th run of the season. Flippen ended the contest with a double to right field to force home Flippen and give the Utes an 8-0 win.
Cal (23-24, 4-13 Pac-12) was led by a 2-for-2 night at the plate by left fielder Vanessa Alvarez.
The middle game of the Utah and Cal series will be played tomorrow at 6 p.m. MT with Krista Blunk (PBP) and Teri Goldberg (Analyst) on the call for Pac-12 Networks.