Kadi Henderson hit a grand slam against Nevada
SUU Strategic Communications

T-Birds Come Up Empty in California

March 02, 2013
By SUU Strategic Communication
STOCKTON, Calif., Mar. 2 – Southern Utah (2-12) dropped its final two games at the Libby Matson Tournament on Saturday, allowing the University of Nevada (9-9) to rally late for a 6-5 win and then falling to San Jose State (14-8) by a score of 1-0 in an ensuing consolation game. Thunderbird third baseman Kadi Henderson blasted a grand slam to put SUU up 4-2 against Nevada, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Wolf Pack came back to retake the lead with three runs in the sixth inning and then held on for the win. Spartan pitcher Amanda Pridmore then tossed a one-hitter to lead the SJSU past the T-Birds for the second time in the tournament.

Nevada jumped out to a 2-0 advantage in its first turn at the plate in the day’s opening game after Sara Parsons drove in a run with a single through the right side and freshman shortstop Megan Sweet crossed home plate on an SUU error.

The Thunderbirds bounced back with a two-out rally in the bottom of the third as Ariel Morbeck collected a walk before Kelsey Bryant and Kelli Hales recorded back-to-back singles to load the bases. Henderson then drove a pitch over the left field wall for a grand slam to make the count 4-2 in favor of SUU.

The Pack narrowed the margin with a score in the top of the fifth but Southern Utah got the run back in the bottom half of the frame as senior right fielder Mikkel Griffin hit a solo shot for her third homerun of the year.

The following inning saw Nevada put three more runs on the board to go up 6-5. Parsons led off with a double and later came around as Lauren Lastrapes drove a single down the left field line. Megan Fincher evened things up with a RBI single and after an SUU pitching change Amanda Weis brought in the go-ahead run with a base knock to left field.

The Thunderbirds went in order in the final two frames and Nevada held on the come-from-behind victory.

Southern Utah’s Ashley Ostler (0-1) was charged with her first loss of the season after allowing two runs while giving up hits to all four of the batters she faced in the top of the sixth. Ariel Zimmerman surrendered four runs on four hits over five frames during her eighth start of the season for SUU and senior Danielle Axe closed out the game with a pair of scoreless innings. Karlyn Jones (5-4) went the distance to pick up the win while giving up five runs on five hits and striking out nine batters.

Southern Utah went on to face San Jose State in a consolation game, where for the second time this week the T-Birds were shutout by Spartan pitcher Amanda Pridmore. The junior threw all seven innings and recorded seven strikeouts while giving up just one hit. Axe (1-5) worked a solid complete game in defeat for SUU, striking out three batters and allowing just one run on six hits.

The Spartans only run of the game came in the bottom of the third after B Garcia reached on a single, stole second and then reached home on an RBI base hit off the bat of Collins. Cora Cordova came up with the Thunderbirds lone hit of the contest as she broke up Pridmore’s bid at a perfect outing with a single in the sixth inning.

The T-Birds will be back on the West Coast next week for a four-game tournament at UC Riverside. SUU starts things off with a pair of matchups on Thursday, first against Buffalo at 10:00 a.m., followed by an afternoon meeting with former Summit League foe IUPUI at 12:30. The team then takes on UCR in back-to-back games on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. and Sunday at 12:30. Complete coverage of Thunderbird softball is available at www.suutbirds.com.