Devina Quintero ripped a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth to put Utah up 4-3 over the Lobos.
May 1, 2004
SALT LAKE CITY--The Utah softball team used a come from behind victory (4-3) to grab game one of a doubleheader against New Mexico on a sunny Saturday afternoon. The win moves Utah to 18-28 overall and 6-9 in league play, while the Lobos fall to 29-29, 3-11 on the year.
Utah hurler Brianna Gourdin struggled in the first innning of play. Gourdin allowed the Lobos to load the bases with three singles before yielding a run off another Lobo single. She would then walk in a run and allow another to score after hitting a Lobo batter. The sophomore would eventually get out of the inning with a 3-0 deficit. After allowing New Mexico to drop four hits on her in the first, Gourdin would settle down and hold the Lobos to just three more hits in the game, while not giving up another walk.
Gourdin would receive some help from the Ute offense in the fourth inning when Ivette Hernandez ripped a two-run homer to make it a 3-2 game. Then in the bottom of the sixth, Melissa Stahnke would reach base via a Lobo error with no outs. Utah's next batter Devina Quintero then connected for a long ball over the fence in right to put Utah up 4-3.
New Mexico had a chance in the top of the seventh after their leadoff batter reached base and was moved over to third with two outs. But, Melissa Stahnke would make an excellent grab and throw to first off a sharply hit ball by Iraina Ogas to end the game.
The win is Gourdin's 14th of the season (14-6). Ogas (9-8) is credited with the loss for the Lobos after allowing four runs (three earned) in six innings of work.
Quintero, Hernandez and Sarah Lyman each had two hits apiece to pilot the Ute offense. The two home runs for Utah moved the team to 58 total on the season. The record by a Ute team is 60, set by the 2000 squad.