Sammy Cordova and the Utes picked up a three-game sweep over Cal this weekend.
May 3, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY - Freshman Sammy Cordova recorded her second complete game against the Golden Bears and the University of Utah softball team earned its first-ever Pac-12 Conference sweep with a 5-2 win over California in the series finale Saturday at Utah Softball Stadium.
Utah (26-24, 7-15 Pac-12) outhit Cal, 9-6, as Cordova allowed two earned runs on six hits to go with three strikeouts and a pair of walks. The Huntington Beach, Calif., native improved to 10-8 on the year.
Freshman shortstop Anissa Urtez posted her 10th multi-RBI effort the year with a two-run single in the bottom of the third. She leads the team with 48 RBI on the year.
Sophomore catcher Shelby Pacheco and senior center field Chalese Hadley recorded two hits and an RBI apiece. Pacheco has had multiple hits in five games and Hadley has seven multi-hit outings in 2014.
The Ute defense set a new school record with its 44th double play of the season after a 6-4-3 play in the top of the first.
The Golden Bears started the scoring with a pair of runs in the top of the first, but the Utes responded in the third as Pacheco clocked a one-out double over the head of the Cal center fielder to start the rally. Hadley then smacked an RBI single through the left-center field gap for Utah's first score of the contest. Freshman second baseman Hannah Flippen and junior left fielder Dickman then drew back-to-back one-out walks to load the bases full of Utes as Urtez smacked another single to left center to plate two more runs and give Utah the lead for good at 3-2.
Sophomore third baseman Kristen Stewart started the sixth frame with a base hit past the Cal third baseman and junior right fielder Marissa Mendenhall singled to put Utah runners on first and second and pinch hitter Kendal Bergman looped an RBI double to right-center field for her fourth RBI of the year.
The Utes continue their eight-game season-ending homestand with a doubleheader on Tuesday against Utah State at 3 p.m. MT.