Madison Resley finished the day 5-6 at the plate with three RBI
SUU Strategic Communications

SUU Drops Two to the Utes

April 24, 2013
By SUU Strategic Communication
CEDAR CITY, Utah, April 24 – Southern Utah dropped back-to-back games against visiting Utah on Wednesday, starting the day with a 14-2 loss in a five-inning contest before seeing the Utes pull away for a 11-6 win in the second outing. The Thunderbirds racked up 19 hits on the day, but were unable to hold off the Utah offense as the Utes erupted for 25 total run between the two games.

“They had 28 hits in only 12 innings which means that we gave up more hits than outs made,” stated SUU head coach Kyle Magnusson. “We just weren’t able to make the plays that we needed to.”

The Thunderbirds put the first score of the day up on the board after Madison Resley drove an RBI double down the right field line in her first trip to the plate of the opening matchup. Utah came back to level the score with a run in the second and then exploded for seven more in the third to pull ahead 8-1. Jackie Sweet got things going with a solo home run and Chalese Fankhouser added to the lead with a two-run RBI double.

Resley drove in another run for Southern Utah in the bottom of the fourth, but the Utes tacked on six more scores over the final two frames to set the final margin at 14-2.

Ariel Zimmerman (10-16) was charged with the loss for the T-Birds after giving up eight runs, only half of which were earned, on eight hits in three innings. Mariah Ramirez (8-10) earned the win for the Utes with two innings of relief in the circle.

The Utah offense continued its tear in the second outing by putting up three more runs in the top of the first to jump out to a 3-0 advantage. The Thunderbirds battled back by scoring three of their own in the bottom half of the frame to pull things even. Mikkel Griffin hit a double into the gap in right-center to score Kylee Wolf from second, and Katie Olinger drove in two more runs with an RBI single to tie the score at 3-3.

Resley picked up her third RBI of the day in the second inning to put SUU out in front by a run, but the Utes rallied for five scores in the fourth to go up 8-4. The Thunderbirds halved the deficit with an RBI double from Griffin and a sacrifice fly for Kelsey Bryant in bottom half of the inning, but one run in each of the final three innings would set the final count at 11-6 in favor of Utah.

Ramirez (9-10) earned her second in win in relief for the visitors after throwing two more innings during which she allowed just one earned run. Danielle Axe (3-8) took the loss for the T-Birds after giving up eight runs on seven hits in 3.2 innings.

Resley led the Thunderbirds at the plate going 5-6 with a double and three RBI. Griffin and Olinger each added two more scores for SUU. Marissa Mendenhall finished the day hitting a perfect 5-5 for the Utes while driving in six total runs. Sweet was close behind as she collected five RBI along with a pair of home runs.

“Madi had a great day for us,” commented Magnusson, “she hit the ball really well.”

Southern Utah will be home again this weekend as it closes out conference play with a three-game series against Northern Colorado. The Thunderbirds and Bears are set to meet in a doubleheader on Friday at Noon, followed by another matchup at 12:00 p.m. on the following day. Saturday’s game is also “Senior Day.”

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