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Utes Fall to Weber State in Ogden, Split Weekend Series

Mar 27, 2022

OGDEN, Utah- After doing some damage in the first scoring three runs to take the early lead, the Utah offense went cold falling to the Wildcats in Ogden on Sunday, 9-5.
The Utes split the weekend series with Weber State and move to 17-14 overall on the season.

Final: Wildcats 9, Utes 5
Lefty spinner Mariah Lopez was given the ball to start the game and stepped into the circle with a 3-0 cushion after the Utes put a crooked number on the board in the first courtesy of Ellessa Bonstrom's seventh homer of the season and Sophie Jacquez driving in a run with her 11th double, putting her in a tie for the conference lead. Jacquez stole home shortly after.  

Weber State answered immediately in their frame of the first tying the game off a three-run shot to center. Lopez would make an early exit, being replaced by Sydney Sandez, after walking the first two batters she faced and giving up the aforementioned home run. Two batters later, Sandez would give up the second homer of the inning. The Wildcats would then reach off an error by Julia Jimenez at third and a throwing error by Jimenez would plate another run to extend the Wildcat lead, 5-3. 

Both pitchers settled in after getting their teams out of the first inning, only giving up a combined five hits up until the Wildcat frame of the sixth when they scored four runs on four hits, which included a pair of home runs.

Utah's offense came back alive in their last at bats in the seventh. Aliya Belarde got it started with a double into center field followed by a Denning single to put runners on the corners. Bonstrom drew a walk to load the bases and Jacquez collected her second RBI of the day singling to right to bring in Belarde. Jordyn Gasper grounded into a fielder's choice to cross another run but a line out by the following batter would end the Utes' late inning come back effort.

Sandez would be given the loss as three different pitchers made appearances in the circle this afternoon.

Denning, the Pac-12 leader in stolen bases, picked up another bag along with Belarde as the two tried to jump start the offense on the base paths.  

Up Next
Utah is back at home on Tuesday, March 29th, with another instate matchup against Utah Valley. Game time is set for 3:00pm MT and will be broadcasted live on the Pac-12 Networks. Live stats will also be available.

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