LAKE CHARLES, La. -- Hannah Flippen combined for three hits and drove in both of Utahs game-winning runs, while helping guide the Utes to 1-0 and 2-1 victories over the McNeese Cowgirls in a non-conference doubleheader Tuesday evening at Cowgirl Diamond in Lake Charles, La.
Flippen went 1-for-5 in game one with her lone hit an infield single coming in the 10th inning to break-up a scoreless tie. With the Utes down 1-0 in the top of the fifth inning of game two, Flippen again reached base with an infield single, but this time she managed to bring in both runners from second and third to give the Utes a 2-1 advantage.
The Utes would go on to win game two by the same score, with Miranda Viramontes earning the complete-game-victory.
Katie Donovan (W, 7-3) gave up six hits and struck out five McNeese batters while working all 10 innings for the Utes in game one. Donovan tossed her seventh complete game of the season and fourth shutout, as well, becoming the first Utah player to have at least four shutouts in a season since Meghan Dyer recorded four shutouts back in 2007.
It was a hard-fought pitching duel for both starters in game one until McNeese gave way to Jamie Allred (L, 4-4) in the top of the 10th inning where she gave up the games only run when Bridget Castro walked and later scored on the infield-single from Flippen.
Emily Vincent earned a no-decision in game one after giving up six hits, striking out four and walking one in nine full innings of work for the Cowgirls.
Maddy Woodard and Shelby Pacheco recorded two hits each in game one and along with Flippens infield hit, Castro added Utahs other hit on the evening.
The Cowgirls put the first run on the board in the bottom of the first inning of game two when Erika Piancastelli reached base on a two-out walk and later scored on an error from the Utes.
Allred got the start in game two for the Cowgirls and after giving up just one hit over her first four innings, the Utes would finally get to her in the top of the fifth inning.
Castro led off the inning with a single and Urtez moved her over to third after reaching on an error. During the paly, Urtez moved to second and Flippen followed with the infield single to score both runners and give Utah the lead, 2-1.
Viramontes (W, 7-5) was masterful throughout the contest, yielding just the one run on four hits, striking out five, walking two and getting out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the sixth inning. It marks the second complete game of the season for Viramontes.
Woodard had a hit in game two and Marissa Mendenhall collected a hit in the contest, as well.
With the two victories, Utah snapped a four-game skid and the Utes improved to 19-9 overall and 19-6 against non-conference foes. McNeese snapped an eight-game winning streak and fell to 20-8 overall on the season.
The two teams will be back in action again on Wednesday to closeout the three-game set. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. CT/4 p.m. MT.