Utah will find out its destination for the NCAA Regionals on Sunday.
May 15, 2004
FORT COLLINS, Colo.--The Utah softball team grabbed a 3-0 victory over San Diego State to the win the Mountain West Tournament Title on Saturday afternoon at Ram Field. Utah will now wait to hear its destination for the NCAA Regionals after earning the automatic berth. The selection show will take place on Sunday between 6 and 7 p.m. on ESPNews.
Brianna Gourdin (18-7) shined again for Utah in the circle, tossing a one-hit shutout against the Aztecs. Gourdin also struck out three, while helping herself with strong defense via five assists and one putout. The putout turned into a double play that left an Aztec runner stranded at third in the fourth inning.
On the weekend, the sophomore allowed just eight hits and one run in 21 innings of work. Her efforts earned her unanimous tournament MVP honors.
"Brianna Gourdin, who only gave up eight hits this weekend, was the reason our team played so loose," said Head Coach Mona Stevens. "I'm not at all surpised about this victory, as funny as that sounds. Our biggest frustration this season has been not playing up to our potential."
The only run Utah needed came in the first inning when Jackie Wong led off the game with a single through the left side. Wong then moved to third after Aztec pitcher Cori Janelli threw away Bryanne Durrence's sacrifice bunt. The next Ute batter, Glennis Donnelly, would knock a sac fly to shallow center to score Wong and put Utah up 1-0.
Along with Gourdin, Wong, Donnelly and Nygaard earned all-tournament honors.
"It is really exciting to get back into the NCAAs," said senior Melissa Stahnke. "It is nice to have the opportunity to play Top 25 teams again--this time with confidence."