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Lopez Strikes Out 11 in Complete-Game Win Over UNLV

Feb 21, 2021

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LAS VEGAS – Freshman Mariah Lopez earned her first career win in a complete-game performance Sunday, striking out 11 and allowing just four hits and one walk, as Utah earned its second win in a row over UNLV, 6-3, at Eller Media Stadium. The win was Utah's third in a row overall to improve to 9-2 on the season after winning four of five games in the three-day UNLV Desert Classic.
 
Utah clubbed three home runs after hitting four in last night's win over UNLV, including back-to-back solo shots by Alyssa Barrera and Ellessa Bonstrom in the top of the first inning to give the Utes an early 2-0 lead. Barrera's was her third of the year and Bonstrom's was her team-leading seventh, and fourth in a span of her last eight official at-bats at that point. Lopez did not allow an earned run, and made all three outs in the seventh via strikeout to reach 11 for the game, the most by a Utah player in a single game since 2012. The final out came via a called strike three with the potential tying run at the plate.
 
The Utes added two more runs in the fourth to stretch the lead to 4-0 before the host Rebels struck back with three in the fourth to make it 4-3 Utah. Julia Scardina's first career home run in a pinch-hit role, an opposite-field blast to right, extended the lead to 5-3 and an RBI single by Julia Noskin later in the inning provided the final run of the day in the 6-3 win.
 
Noskin, 2-3 today, hit .500 (8-16) over the three-day tournament while Madi Jacobus, 2-4 today, ran her hitting streak to nine games by batting .476 (10-21) over the five games. Bonstrom (.375; 6-16) had four home runs and 10 RBI on the weekend.
 
QUOTABLE
Head Coach Amy Hogue
"Mariah just introduced herself to everyone. What a day she had. It was fun to see her throw her first complete game as a Ute. She's going to do big things for us. The team came to play today. After the first 10 games everyone has really started to understand and take some ownership in their roles. We had great production from our 7 players that came in off the bench and closed the weekend on a very positive note."

STANDOUT STATS
Freshman Mariah Lopez struck out 11 UNLV batters, the most by a Utah player since 2012, and the Utes had 11 hits for the game, marking the third game in a row with 10 or more hits and the sixth time in just 11 games this season.

NOTABLE

  • Mariah Lopez earned her first career win after two losses, allowing just four hits and a walk in a complete-game performance. She did not allow an earned run. Her 11 strikeouts were the most by a Utah pitcher since Generra Nielson struck out 12 against Utah Valley on May 8, 2012.
  • Ellessa Bonstrom's first-inning HR today was her fourth HR in the last three games. The four HRs came in a span of 10 trips to the plate (8 AB, plus 2 walks). She was hit by pitch in two of her last three at-bats today to finish the game 1-2.
  • Julia Scardina hit her first career home run in the 6th, a pinch-hit solo shot to extend Utah's lead to 5-3.
  • Scardina is the sixth Utah player to homer this year, joining Bonstrom (7), Barrera (3), Jacobus (2), Faulk (2) and Morris (1). Utah has 16 HRs on the year to their opponents' 7. Utah has hit 9 HRs in its past 3 games, including a season-high 4 in last night's 14-12 win at UNLV.
  • Madi Jacobus extended her team-best hitting streak to 9 games by going 2-4 today. She batted .476 (10-21) in the tournament to take over the team batting lead at .436 (17-39).
  • Alyssa Barrera is batting .400 (12-30) over the past 8 games with 3 HR, 3 doubles, 8 runs and 15 RBI. She gave Utah an early 1-0 lead today with her third homer of the year, the first of back-to-back shots when Bonstrom followed with her 7th of the year.
  • Haley Denning saw her hitting streak halted at 10 games, as she went hitless in three at-bats for the first time this season. Denning's .395 average (17-43) ranks second on the team and she leads the Utes in stolen bases (10-11).

ON DECK
Utah (9-2) will have a week off before traveling to Tempe, Ariz., for the second time this season for three games against Pac-12 foes that will count as non-conference matchups. Utah will open the three-game set facing No. 10 Oregon on Sunday, Feb. 28, at 5 p.m. at Farrington Stadium.