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A Pair of Late Game Two-Run Blasts Pushes Utah Past UVU on Monday, 4-2.

Apr 25, 2022

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah softball (23-22, 5-10) completed a comeback win on Monday evening at Dumke Family Softball Stadium, scoring four runs in the sixth inning to defeat Utah Valley 4-2.

Eight Ute batters collected a hit on the evening while Julia Jimenez and Destiny White powered the comeback, each blasting a two-run homer to push the Utes past the Wolverines. This was the ninth homer run for Jimenez and the third for White.

Mariah Lopez made her 13th start in the circle, throwing 4.0 innings, giving up two runs on six hits while striking out three batters. Shi Smith replaced Lopez in the fifth and was dominate in the last two innings, striking out the side in the sixth and picking up two more in the seventh with a ground out to seal the victory and earn her eighth win of the year.

Final: Utes 4, Wolverines 2
Closing out the five-game homestand on Monday evening, Lopez started in the circle and was tested in the first inning as UVU put a runner in scoring position with only one away. Lopez focused on the task at hand and issued a pair of groundouts to end the frame.

The Utes were sat down in order to start the game and the Wolverines threatened again in the top of the second with a pair of singles and a fly out to center that would allow the runners to advance to second and third. But Lopez responded with a quick three pitch strikeout to close the door on UVU.

Catcher Katie Faulk caught her eighth runner of the season trying to swipe second as Kendall Lundberg found the first hit of the game for the Utes in the third, dropping a base hit into shallow left.

The Wolverines struck first in the fourth, plating two-runs off a two-run homer to left field. Bonstrom laced a single into right field in the Utah half of the fourth, but was unable to be driven in with a pair of line outs to follow.

Smith took over for Lopez in the fifth and received some help in the field as Shelbi Ortiz tracked down a fly ball into left center, making an amazing diving catch and quickly gunning it over to first to double up the UVU runner and get the Utes out of the inning.

The momentum carried over as Sophie Jacquez roped a leadoff single to left but a fielder's choice by White would put her out at second. Two batters later, MK Gomez ripped her first double of the season to the left center gap and put two runners in scoring position. However, Utah was unable to convert as Elicia Espinosa battled for eight pitches but was ultimately fanned looking.

Smith returned to the circle and was dominant in the sixth, striking out the side. The Utes completed the comeback in their half of the sixth, scoring four runs off four hits. Jimenez and White lead the charge, each hitting a two-run home run to put the Utes on top, 4-2.

Smith returned to the circle and fanned the first two batters of the inning. Looking to strikeout the side for the second consecutive inning, Smith led in the count but issued a groundout to second to seal the deal for the Utes.

Up Next
Utah returns to conference play this weekend as they travel to Los Angeles to take on the fourth-ranked UCLA Bruins. The three-game series will begin on Friday, April 30, at 8 p.m. MT and will conclude on Sunday, May 1, with a 1 p.m. start time at Easton Stadium.

The first and third game of the series can be seen via live stream provided by UCLA Athletics as the middle game will be aired on Pac-12 Insider.

Live scoring will also be available and fans can keep up with live game action and highlights by following @Utah_Softball on Twitter.

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