Junior right-fielder Marissa Mendenahll connected for seventh homer of the season during Utah's 6-5 win over California on Friday.
May 2, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY - Senior center fielder Chalese Hadley and junior right fielder Marissa Mendenhall hit home runs in the fifth and sixth frames to help the University of Utah softball team pick up a 6-5 win over Cal on Friday in the middle game of a Pac-12 Conference series in Salt Lake City.
Utah (25-24, 7-15 Pac-12) scored six runs on six hits in the contest and six different Utes registered hits.
Hadley cracked a three-run homer in the fifth to highlight a 1-for-2 night at the plate with a season-high three RBI. She now has 15 career home runs and 76 career RBI. This season, she has registered a pair of multi-RBI outings. The South Jordan, Utah native also drew a walk in the third inning.
Junior right fielder Marissa Mendenhall hit Utah's second home run of the contest in the bottom of the sixth, as she towered a fly ball well over the left-field fence for her team-high seventh round-tripper of the year and the 12th of her career. The Stansbury Park, Utah native has driven in 27 runs this season and 68 during her career.
Freshman second baseman Hannah Flippen, sophomore catcher Shelby and sophomore Kristen Stewart each singled and scored runs, while junior left fielder Kate Dickman was credited with a base hit in the fifth.
Sophomore Kayce Nieto threw 3.2 innings for a no-decision in her 24th start of the year after giving up only one earned run on four hits. Junior Mariah Ramirez came on for 3.1 innings of relief and picked up the win to improve to 5-5 on the year after allowing four earned runs on five hits with a walk to the Golden Bears.
The Utah defense behind the pitching staff tied the school record with its NCAA-leading 43rd double play of the year by getting Cal to line to freshman shortstop Anissa Urtez, who promptly picked off the Golden Bear runner at first base for the second out.
After Cal lifted the lid on the scoring with a run in the fourth, senior Trina Gomez drew a leadoff walk to start the fifth frame and Pacheco smacked a single to left field before Hadley tagged a three-run homer over the left-center field fence for her first round-tripper of the season. Flippen followed by dragging a bunt single down the first-base line and Dickman laced a base hit up the middle and Flippen advanced to third base. A sacrifice bunt to the Cal third baseman by Urtez allowed Flippen to plate Utah's fourth score of the contest.
The Golden Bears came back with four runs of their own in the sixth, but the Utes came back with a pair of runs in their half of the frame to grab the lead for the final time. Stewart started Utah's portion of the frame with a single back up the middle and Mendenhall cracked her team-high seventh homer of the year over the left-field fence to give the Utes two more runs and set the final margin at 6-5.
California (23-25, 4-14 Pac-12) was led by a 2-for-4, three-RBI outing by leadoff hitter Cheyenne Cordes.
The Utes will look for their first-ever Pac-12 series sweep as finale of the series will be played tomorrow at 6 p.m. MT. Pac-12 Networks will televise the game live with Krista Blunk (PBP) and Teri Goldberg (Analyst) calling the action. Live audio and stats will be available at utahutes.com.