Melissa Stahnke banged out her first home run of the season in Utah's win on Tuesday.
March 18, 2003
Stockton, Calif.--A struggling Utah offense broke open on Tuesday morning as it pounded out 10 runs to deafeat Illinois-Chicago, 10-4 at the Pacific Mini Tournament. The win improves the Utes record to 8-13 on the year.
Utah put a pair of runs on the board in the first inning after Jackie Wong singled to lead off the game and then eventually scored on a double by Niki Hayhurst. Hayhurst then advanced on a groundout to the pitcher and a single to left by Glennis Donnelly.
Utah used a five-hit third to knock in four run, three of which came with two outs. In the fourth, Melissa Stahnke made her first home run of the season a good one. The Utah career home run leader banged a grandslam to make it a 10-4 final.
Stahnke led the Utes with five RBI in the game, while Donnelly added two RBI. Hayhurst scored three runs and had a pair of hits. Masie Ota socred twice and added a hit to move her hitting streak to six games.
Heather Bowlin, who is now 3-7 on the year, earned the win for Utah after throwing 3.0 innings. Brianna Gourdin came on in relief after Bowlin allowed four runs in the fourth. The freshman Gourdin threw 4.0 socreless innings to secure the victory.