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Softball Keeps NCAA Hopes Alive With Sweep

Kristin Arbogast<BR> picked up both<BR>wins vs. SDSU.

Kristin Arbogast
picked up both
wins vs. SDSU.

May 9, 1998

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah softball team rallied for two wins over Western Athletic Conference rival San Diego State to close out the regular season on Saturday afternoon at Ute Field.

Utah won the opener 5-4 and took the night cap 4-3 to improve to 36-21 overall and 19-13 in WAC play to finish third behind Fresno State and Hawai'i. The Utes, ranked fifth in the West region rankings entering the last week of the season, are still a bubble team to make the 32-team NCAA Tournament field that will be announced at 7:00 p.m. (MDT) on Sunday.

San Diego State finished fifth in the conference with 14-17 record and a 24-45 mark overall.

Kristin Arbogast picked up the wins in both games to improve to 12-7. Arbogast went the distance in the opener, giving up three runs (one earned) and seven hits while striking out four. She relieved Jamie Wilkes to start the fourth inning of game two, allowing just one hit and fanning four in four frames.

Both teams committed four errors in the first game. After falling behind 3-1, Utah scored three runs off of three hits and three errors in the bottom of the sixth. Sandra Durazo took the loss for SDSU, falling to 14-14.

Utah fell behind 4-1 in the night cap, thanks in part to three errors in the third. The Utes pounded out five hits to score four runs in the bottom of the fourth. Sandy Rhea went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Tara Atkins (9-18) pitched 4-2/3 innings in the losing effort.



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