April 21, 2011
By Danny Mattie
Athletic Media Relations
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah softball team used a pair of grand slams, one in if the first inning and the other in the bottom of the sixth, to power past the Colorado State, 15-4, on Thursday evening. The contest was played at Salt Lake Community College’s Bruin Field, where the game was moved because of unplayable field conditions at Ute Field.
The Rams (7-34, 0-6 MWC) dug an early hole for themselves before getting on the board in the fourth and fifth innings. After Whitney Holm drew a bases loaded walk to get the first run on the board, Brittany Parker hit the first grand slam of the day, with two outs in the first inning, to give Utah (25-17, 3-1 MWC) an early 5-0 lead. Holm came through again in the second inning, singling with two outs to plate a pair of teammates and run the score to 7-0.
The Rams manufactured two runs in the fourth inning thanks to RBI singles from Brianna Donahue and Ivory Allen. But Utah negated the Rams’ production with a two more runs in the bottom half of the inning.
Brittany Palish helped keep the Rams in the contest with an RBI double in the top of the fifth, scoring Chelsea Biglow from third. Donahue added her second RBI of the evening one batter later, plating Emily Pohl to make the score 9-4.
The Utes added an 10th run in the bottom of the fifth when Holm hit a two-out single to plate Kelsi Hoopiiaina. But it was another five-run inning in the bottom of the sixth that sealed the Rams’ fate. Jackie Sweet homered to left to push the Utes lead to 11-4, and Cheyelle Myers came through with a walk-off grand slam, ending the game 15-4 in six innings.
Freshman hurler Desiree Laswell (1-6) threw the entire game for the Rams, allowing eight earned runs on nine hits, while recording three strikeouts and giving up 12 walks.
Colorado State now heads south to Provo, Utah, for a two-game set against the BYU Cougars. The first game, scheduled for tomorrow at 6 p.m. MT, will air live on BYU-TV. Saturday’s series finale is slated to begin at 2 p.m. MT.
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