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Utes Battle No. 8 Ducks Before Falling, 7-2, in Tempe

Feb 28, 2021

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TEMPE, Ariz. – The Utah softball program carried a 1-0 lead over No. 8 Oregon into the fifth inning on Sunday but could not hold off the hard-hitting Ducks, who erupted for four runs in the top of the fifth en route to a 7-2 victory at Farrington Stadium.
 
Oregon (9-0), which defeated No. 1 UCLA earlier in the day, 3-1, hit four home runs over the final three innings to put the game out of reach. Sydney Sandez (5-1) recorded her first loss of the season for Utah (9-3), scattering 8 hits and a walk for five earned runs over five-plus innings pitched, and striking out two.

Halle Morris replaced Sandez in the sixth and pitched the final two innings, allowing two hits, two earned runs and striking out one. Right fielder Jordyn Gasper led Utah at the plate, going 2-3, and catcher Katie Faulk hit her third home run of the season to lead off the bottom of the seventh.
 
Utah broke through in the bottom of the third with the game's first run on one hit and two walks. Savanah Whatley pinch-ran for Faulk, who had led off with a walk, and a Gasper single followed by a Julia Noskin walk loaded the bases with two outs. Whatley came in to score on a wild pitch by Oregon's Samaria Diaz, but the Utes ultimately stranded Noskin and Gasper.
 
Oregon took the lead in the top of the fifth inning, scoring four runs, all with two outs. A two-run triple to right-center by Allee Bunker gave the Ducks a 2-1 lead, and was followed by a two-run home run to center field by Alyssa Brito before the Utes could get out of the inning. The Ducks added two more in the sixth on a pair of solo home runs. The first, a leadoff shot by Mya Felder brought Halle Morris in to replace Sandez, and the second came with two outs by Haley Cruse for a 6-1 Oregon lead. Oregon added one more in the seventh.

QUOTABLE
Head Coach Amy Hogue
"We had a good start to this game and Oregon had a good finish. If we want to be a great team, we have to continue to learn and adjust as hitters until the 21st out of the game is recorded. Oregon adjusted and we didn't; that was the difference in the game."

STANDOUT STAT
Junior right fielder Jordyn Gasper recorded her first multi-hit game of the season, going 2-3 with singles in the third and fifth innings.

NOTABLE

  • Madi Jacobus (1-3) extended her hitting streak to 10 games, matching the best streak by a Utah player this season. Haley Denning had a hit in each of the season's first 10 games.
  • Katie Faulk led off the bottom of the seventh with her third home run of the season, bringing her into a tie with Alyssa Barrera for second-most on the team.
  • Utah has now hit at least one home run in each of the last four games.

ON DECK
Utah (9-3) will wrap up its short trip to Tempe on Monday with two more games against ranked Pac-12 foes, facing top-ranked UCLA at 2 p.m. MT and No. 13/11 Arizona State at 5 p.m. at ASU's Farrington Stadium. Both games will be livestreamed by ASU.