Bridget Castro recorded four hits and four RBI during Utah's doubleheader sweep of Utah State on Tuesday.
May 6, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY - Freshman first baseman Bridget Castro had four hits and four RBI, while freshman right-hander Sammy Cordova picked up two wins as the University of Utah softball team swept a doubleheader from Utah State (6-1 and 10-7) on Tuesday at Utah Softball Stadium.
Utah (28-24) has won five straight games and held a 20-16 advantage in team hitting over USU in the two games.
Three different Utes recorded four hits between the two games as Castro combined to go 4-for-8 between the two games with four RBI, including her seventh homer of the year. She now has 14 multi-RBI games in 2014 and 11 games with two or more RBI.
Junior left fielder Kate Dickman recorded four hits as well for three RBI, including a triple. She now has 23 games with two or more hits in 2014. Freshman shortstop Anissa Urtez had four hits, which included two RBI and a double.
Cordova picked up two victories to improve to 12-8 on the year after throwing 10.2 innings and allowing only two earned runs on nine hits to go with four strikeouts without a single walk.
Game 1: Utah def. Utah State, 6-1
Dickman turned in her 13th multi-RBI outing of the year with two RBI off two hits and two runs scored in the opener. Castro had two hits as well and connected for her seventh round-tripper of the year, while Urtez registered two hits and added an RBI as well.
Cordova started the opener and went 6.0 innings without yielding an earned run on four hits, while striking out three Aggies without a walk.
Junior right fielder Marissa Mendenhall lined her sixth double of the season over the USU left fielder on the first pitch she saw to lead off the second inning and sophomore catcher Shelby Pacheco drove her ninth double through the left-center field gap for Utah's first score of the contest. Freshman second baseman Hannah Flippen drew a walk and Dickman knocked an RBI single to right-center field to plate Pacheco for her 34th RBI of the season.
Utah tacked on another run in the sixth as Flippen singled to left field and came around to score as Urtez wrapped an RBI double off the left-field fence to set the final margin at 6-1 in favor of the Utes.
Game 2: Utah def. Utah State, 10-7
In their 10th game scoring 10 or more runs this season, Dickman, Urtez and Castro each recorded two hits apiece. Senior Jordan Taylor and Castro both drove in a pair of runs in addition to one RBI from seven other Utes.
Cordova threw 4.2 innings of relief in game two, giving up two earned runs on five hits with one strikeout. Nieto went 2.1 innings in her 25th start of the season, allowing four earned runs on five hits with one walk.
The Utes got off to a fast start with a five-run first inning in the second contest. Flippen dragged a bunt single down the first-base line to start the game and Dickman singled to center field to score Flippen. Castro smacked a one-out single to left field, sophomore third baseman Kristen Stewart walked before Mendenhall laced a base hit to left field and a ball hit by Hadley back up the middle was misplayed by the USU pitcher allowed Castro to score. Jordan then finished the inning with a two-run single back up the middle of the Aggie defense
In the third frame, Flippen drew a walk and scored after Dickman looped her third triple of the year off the right-field fence to bring in Flippen. Urtez laced an RBI single up the middle to plate Dickman and Castro followed with a base hit to left and Ute runners were on second and third base after an Aggie wild pitch. Stewart then came up with a run-scoring base hit to left field to plate Urtez and Hadley's third sacrifice fly of the season, to the USU left fielder in foul territory, which allowed Castro to score Utah's fourth run of the frame.
The Utes close their regular season this weekend with a three-game series against Grand Canyon, starting with a doubleheader on Friday, May 9 at 5 p.m. MT. Live video and stats will be available at utahutes.com.