SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- California softball opened its Pac-12 series against Utah with an 8-0 loss as the Utes took advantage of 10 hits to run-rule the Bears in six innings. Cal falls to 23-24 and 4-13 in Pac-12 play.
Junior Breana Kostreba and sophomore Vanessa Alvarez each had two hits in the game, but Cal left five on base, and Utah had six extra-base hits in its victory. Freshman Stephanie Trzcinski (8-12) suffered the loss and Sammy Cordova (9-8) earned the win. Trzcinski walked no batters and struck out none while her Utah counterpart tallied five strikeouts and gave up just one walk.
The Utes got an easy three runs at the bottom of the first when a pair of singles put Hannah Flippen and Anissa Urtez on base before Bridget Castro homered to left center.
Another two came home in Utah's next inning at the plate. Mariah Ramirez led off with a single to second base and was quickly replaced at first by pinch runner Trina Gomez. Gomez advanced on a sac bunt and a fly ball before Hannah Flippen doubled to bring her in. Flippen scored her own run when next batter up Kate Dickman also doubled.
A Utah run at the bottom of the fifth crossed the plate as a result of a hit by pitch that gave Anissa Urtez a free base. Urtez moved two bases on a single to right field by Castro and then scored on a fielder's choice.
Utah got all the runs it needed at the bottom of the sixth from three consecutive doubles that plated Shelby Pacheco and Chalese Hadley.
Cal returns to Utah Softball Stadium for game No. 2 of the series Friday at 5 p.m. PT. The game will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks.
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