Anissa Urtez had six hits and four RBI on Friday during a doubleheader sweep of Grand Canyon.
May 9, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY - Freshman shortstop Anissa Urtez went 6-for-8 for four RBI as the Utah softball team swept a doubleheader from Grand Canyon by a combined score of 23-12 (13-11 and 10-1 in five innings) on Friday night at Utah Softball Stadium.
Utah (30-24) is enjoying a season-long seven-game hit streak and has scored 10 or more runs 11 times this season and each of the last three contests.
Urtez hit .750 on the day with six hits in eight at-bats with four runs driven in, including a triple and a stolen base to go with three runs scored.
On the mound, freshman right-hander Sammy Cordova started twice and picked up two victories to improve to 14-8 on the season. In 9.0 innings of work, Cordova allowed four earned runs on nine hits with a pair of strikeouts.
Game 1: Utah def. Grand Canyon, 13-11
Utah posted its seventh game with 10 or more runs as Urtez had four hits and drove in three runs with two runs scored. Dickman had four hits in five at-bats and scored four times.
Cordova picked up her 13th win of the season after throwing 4.0 innings and allowing three earned runs on seven hits with a pair of walks. Junior Mariah Ramirez came on in 3.0 innings of relief, allowing two earned runs on six hits to GCU.
Freshman second baseman Hannah Flippen drew a leadoff walk to start the game and Dickman slapped a single to left field and freshman first baseman Bridget Castro roped an RBI single up the middle with one out that allowed Flippen to score from second. Stewart was hit by a pitch before junior Marissa Mendenhall lofted a fly ball to center field for her first sacrifice fly of the season that allowed Dickman to cross home plate and give the Utes a 2-0 lead.
Sophomore catcher Shelby Pacheco singled to right field to start Utah's second frame and Dickman ripped her second single of the contest to right field. Urtez looped an RBI single to left that let Pacheco score from second. A GCU wild pitch then allowed Dickman to score Utah's fourth run of the contest.
The Antelopes scored seven unanswered runs in the third and fourth innings before Dickman placed her third single of the game through the right side of the GCU infield. Dickman then stole her sixth bag of the year and scored from second before Urtez smacked an RBI single up the middle. Castro drew a walk and Urtez stole third, while Stewart drew a free pass to load the bases. Mendenhall then launched her second sacrifice fly of the contest to left field for her 30th RBI of the year. Hadley and Pacheco then drew back-to-back walks to force in the third run of the frame before Taylor Jordan smacked a two-run RBI back up the middle to give the Utes a 9-7 edge.
Urtez ripped her third triple of the season through the right-center field gap to lead off the fifth before Stewart roped her eighth homer of the season over the center-field fence, a three-run shot, that gave the Utes a 12-7 lead after five.
GCU scored one run in the top of the sixth, but Utah added another score in the bottom half of the frame when connected for an RBI single to center field.
Dickman connected on her fourth triple of the year with two out in the sixth and scored after Urtez ripped an RBI single to left field.
Game 2: Utah def. Grand Canyon, 10-1 (5 inn.)
Stewart had two hits and two RBI with a pair of runs scored in the nightcap of the doubleheader. Hadley drove in a game-high three runs, while Pacheco also drove in two runs.
Cordova started the second game of the evening and turned in her ninth complete game of the season with a two-hit performance to GCU after giving up one earned run in 5.0 innings of work.
The Utes exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the third. Flippen was hit by a pitch with one out in the third frame and Dickman drew another walk before Urtez drove an RBI single back up the middle. Castro followed by looping an RBI double to center field to plate Dickman and Stewart laced a two-run single to left field to bring two more runs across home plate to give the Utes a 4-0 lead. Hadley was hit by a pitch before Pacheco connected on a triple to left-center field for two runs, while senior Trina Gomez roped an RBI base hit up the middle to cap the Utah frame with the Utes ahead 7-0.
After a pair of singles and a passed ball in the bottom of the fourth inning, Stewart and Castro were on second and third base, Hadley clocked a three-run homer to center field to give the Utes a 10-0 lead. GCU put one run on the board in the top of the fifth to set the final margin.
The Utes conclude their regular season on Saturday with a single game against Grand Canyon at 12 p.m. MT. Live video and stats will be available at utahutes.com.