Brianna Gourdin tossed a seven-inning shutout to lead Utah to a 1-0 victory over UNLV
May 14, 2004
FORT COLLINS, Colo.--The Utah softball team took a 1-0 victory over UNLV in game two at the Mountain West Conference Tournament at Ram Field on Friday afternoon. Utah (21-31) will now face No. 1 seed Colorado State today at approximately 4:30 p.m.
It was a pitchers' duel through five innings of play between Utah's Brianna Gourdin and UNLV's Jacqueline Kerrigan. UNLV managed to get a runner to second in the first and another to third in the fifth, but was unable to bring either one in. Part of that was the strong pitching of Gourdin, who struck out two batters in the first and one in the fifth to stop the threat. Utah had a chance in the third when it loaded the bases with two outs, but Kerrigan got Melissa Stahnke to pop out to her shortstop to keep the Utes scoreless.
In the sixth, Ivette Hernandez laced a two-out double over the center fielder's head. After Hernandez was replaced by pinch runner Amy Alvord, the next batter Lynsey Wall would drive a single to center to bring in the run. In the latter of the inning, UNLV would lead off with a double and move the runner to third using a sacrifice bunt. Gourdin would then strikeout the next two batters to secure the 1-0 victory.
Gourdin, who is now 16-7 on the season, struck out five in the game. The sophomore did not allow a walk. Offensively, six different Utes knocked a hit in the game with Wall's driving in the run.
"Brianna Gourdin took the tight situations she had and came up with some key strikeouts. That's something she didn't do as well early in the year. She has really matured in the circle and we saw that today," noted Head Coach Mona Stevens. "The closeness of this team really served them well today. They play so well together."