Senior Melissa Stahnke smoked three hits and scored two runs in Utah's loss on Saturday.
April 3, 2004
SALT LAKE CITY--The Utah softball team dropped its second game of a twin bill against San Diego State on Saturday afternoon 4-3. The loss gives the two teams a weekend split and drops Utah to 10-21 overall, 2-2 in conference play, while SDSU moves to 23-19 and 2-2 in league play. The second game proved to be as exciting as the first 11-inning marathon game. Utah came from behind to take the lead, but SDSU tied it up in the bottom of the seventh before winning in the eighth.
Freshman Melissa Oakes found herself in trouble in the first inning. SDSU lead off with a single up the middle and then moved the runner with a bunt single. With two runners on and no outs, Janna Kovensky laid down the sac bunt to move the runners to second and third. Then, Kelcy Murphy hit a grounder to third that retired her, but also scored a runner. SDSU followed up the first run with another off a double to left center.
Utah would cut the lead in half in the fourth after Head Coach Mona Stevens called the squeeze play. The batter, Kate Nygaard, laid down a perfect bunt to score a charging Melissa Stahnke from third base. In the sixth, Utah took its first lead. The tying run came off a long ball by Glennis Donnelly. Utah's next runner, Stahnke, would then rip a triple to the wall in right field before scoring on a sac fly by Devina Quintero.
The win looked to be secure in the top of the seventh, but the Aztecs refused to give up. With two outs, Janna Kovensky hit a ball to first base that was misplayed by Utah. The ball would roll into right field allowing Erin Mahoney to score from second and tie the game at three all.
In the eighth, SDSU's Joann Figueroa led off the inning with a single through the right side. She would advance to second a sacrifice bunt by Bree Boyer. Then, Lacey Craft would single to center to score Figueroa. Utah would fail to score in the bottom of the inning, securing the 4-3 victory for SDSU.
Cori Janelli picks up the win in the second game after getting the loss in the first contest. Janelli (7-8) pitched two and two-third innings in relief of Deanna Richards, who scattered eight hits in five and a third innings of work.
Freshman Melissa Oakes falls to 0-6 on the season. Oakes struggled in the first inning, but settled down for the rest of the game.