Sophomore Marissa Mendenhall connected on her 42nd hit of the season during Sunday's game at No. 17/15 Stanford.
April 28, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. - The University of Utah softball team dropped a 9-1 decision in five innings to No. 17/15 Stanford on Sunday in the finale of its Pac-12 Conference series at Smith Family Stadium.
Utah (23-27-1, 6-15 Pac-12) received back-to-back hits in the fifth inning by sophomore right fielder Marissa Mendenhall and freshman third baseman Kristen Stewart, who both hit one-out singles to the left side of the Stanford defense.
Mendenhall, a Stansbury Park, Utah, native, now has 42 hits on the year and 60 for her career. Stewart, who hails from Covina, Calif., owns 21 base hits during her debut campaign with the Utes.
To continue Utah's fifth, sophomore pinch hitter Kendal Bergman then moved the runners along with a ground out to first base before sophomore pinch runner Shelbi Everett slid into home plate after a wild pitch by Stanford's starter, Teagan Gerhart, for a Utah score.
Freshman Kayce Nieto went 3.0 innings in her 19th start this season, allowing five earned runs on eight hits. Unfortunately, Nieto was dealt the loss in the decision and is now 7-7 during her freshman campaign. Sophomore Mariah Ramirez and junior Naomi Amu both made relief appearances for the Utes as well.
No. 17/15 Stanford (32-16, 9-9 Pac-12) scored five runs in its first two at-bats and added four more in the fourth to put the `run rule' into effect for the home team. With the win, Gerhart improved to 18-8 this season.