Melissa Stahnke was 2-of-3 with two RBI in Utah's loss on Saturday.
March 29, 2003
PROVO, Utah-The Utes opened conference play on Saturday, March 29, with a heartbreaking loss to BYU, 12-6. The loss drops Utah to 10-17 overall, 0-1 in league play. BYU moves to 21-7, 1-0. Utah relinquished a 5-0 lead in the game, as BYU notched two big scoring innings.
Utah started the game off with a bang, scoring three runs in the first. Jackie Wong led off the game with a hit to left center and then advanced on an illegal pitch by BYU. After Masie Ota walked, Melissa Stahnke ripped a single up the middle to bring home Wong and Ota. Stahnke then advanced to second on a single to left by Glennis Donnelly, en route to scoring on a BYU error.
The Utes added a pair of runs in the fourth off a Cougar error and an RBI single down the right field line by Bryanne Durrence, 5-0.
BYU posted runs on the board in the bottom of the fourth off a two-run double by Oli Keohohou down the right field line, 5-2. The Cougs added another when a triple by Kate Walker brought in Keohohou and Milli Jones, 5-4. Then a Utah error scored another BYU run to tie it at five all.
With the game tied in the sixth, BYU erupted for seven runs as Utah fell apart defensively. The inning included four Ute errors. The Cougars big push came off a grand slam by Lauren Watson.
Jen Pursell gets the loss for Utah. She is now 6-9 on the year. Pursell threw a strong game, but struggled in the fourth and sixth, as did Utah defensively. She struck out four in the outing.
The two will continue battle in game two of the doubleheader beginning immediately following this game.