Joni Cook allowed only one earned run on four hits in six innings Friday against New Mexico.
May 8, 2009
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - Junior center fielder Kara Foster hit a first-inning grand slam and freshman Joni Cook allowed only four hits in six innings and the University of Utah softball team earned a 5-2 Mountain West Conference win against New Mexico Friday at Ute Softball Field.
"[Foster's grand slam] was a great way to start," Utah head coach Amy Hogue said. "Fortunately that turned out to be all we needed because [Cook] was awesome today. She had her drop ball working all game and it was getting called strikes so [New Mexico] had trouble with it."
Utah (22-30, 4-9 MWC) got off to a quick start offensively as Hannah Clements, Staci Hemingway and Angie Boardman drew three walks to open the first inning then Foster jolted her 53rd career home run over the left-field fence to give the Utes a 4-0 lead before recording an out. Foster connected on her 18th home run this year has now driven in 41 runs this season. Her 53 career home runs have helped her drive in 129 career runs.
Cook's six innings saw her allow an earned run on four hits as she faced 21 Lobo hitters. The Eagle Idaho native won her second consecutive decision to improve to 6-10 this season. She struck out four New Mexico hitters and did not yield a single walk. Ashley Smuda came on to close the game in the seventh inning, allowing an earned run on one hit.
Freshman third baseman Whitney Holm hit her 10th home run of the season to lead off the fifth inning, scoring Utah's final run of the contest. The Spanish Fork, Utah native has 29 RBI this year.
New Mexico (12-35, 3-11 MWC) got one hit apiece from Cristin Anderson, Samantha Hughes, Shaunte Duarte and Erin Brandow. Hughes doubled in the fourth inning and Duarte followed with an RBI single to left field. Brandow homered with two out in the top of the seventh inning to set the final margin at 5-2.
Danielle Castron started for the Lobos and dropped to 3-17 after allowing four earned runs, three walks, and one hit without recording an out in the first inning.
Utah concludes its regular season tomorrow at 1 p.m. against the Lobos at Ute Softball Field. Seniors Sharee Fonoti, Boardman, Hemingway, Andrea Hoffman and Bonnie Muir will be honored during a post-game ceremony.