THE UTAH UTES

South Carolina’s 1st inning grand slam ends Utah softball’s season in 5-1 loss

May 19, 2024, 7:32 PM | Updated: Jun 11, 2024, 8:51 am

Utah Utes pitcher Mariah Lopez goes into her windup as the softball team plays Ole Miss in the NCAA...

Utah Utes pitcher Mariah Lopez goes into her windup as the softball team plays Ole Miss in the NCAA softball regional championship at Utah in Salt Lake City on Sunday, May 21, 2023. Utah won 4-1. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

(Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

DURHAM, N.C. — All it took was one swing Sunday afternoon.

With bases loaded at the top of the first inning, South Carolina’s Aniyah Black took an 0-1 pitch to deep left field and over the wall. And with the grand slam hit, South Carolina took a commanding 4-0 lead before Utah even had a chance to hit.

Utah quickly got two outs after the grand slam to end the half inning, but the damage was already done.

Despite the rough start, Utah also loaded up bases in the bottom of the inning, but Karlie Davison took a 1-0 pitch and popped it up behind the catcher, who had no trouble securing the third and final out to keep a clean slate.

It was the closest Utah got as South Carolina topped the designated home team for the elimination game in a 5-1 win. South Carolina advances to play Duke in the Durham regional final, while Utah’s season comes to an end.

After the first inning, in which South Carolina consistently found the timing of starter Sarah Ladd, Utah head coach Amy Hogue elected to put seasoned veteran Mariah Lopez in the circle for the duration of the game.
 
Read the full story and more from Josh Furlong on KSL.com.

Related stories

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

The Utah Utes

FILE: Alissa Pili #35, Lani White #3, Dasia Young #34, Kennady McQueen #24, Inez Vieira #2, Reese R...

Amie Schaeffer

No charges filed in racist incident against Utah’s women’s basketball team, NAACP responds

Jeanetta Williams reacts to the decision to not file charges against a man who yelled racial slurs at the the women's basketball team.

1 month ago

aaron lowe pictured...

Sam Herrera and Emma Keddington

Man who killed U of U football player Aaron Lowe gets maximum sentence

Buk Mawut Buk shot and killed University of Utah football player Aaron Lowe in 2021.

2 months ago

Utah’s Alissa Pili and head coach Lynne Roberts attend practice at the Jon M. Huntsman Center in ...

Michelle Bodkin, KSL Sports

LISTEN: Utah women’s basketball star Alissa Pili heading to Brooklyn for WNBA draft

The prolific Ute not only set a lot of records in her two-years at Utah, but also inspired Polynesian and Indigenous cultures everywhere she went.

2 months ago

Utah Utes guard Lani White (3) hugs Utah Utes forward Dasia Young (34) after her basket in the fina...

Emma Keddington

Footage released of eyewitness account of racist incident against Utah Women’s basketball team

Soon after the alleged harassment against the Utah women's basketball team, an eyewitness described the incident as intentional.

3 months ago

Utah Utes players circle up before the women’s college basketball game against Weber State Univer...

Aimee Cobabe and Emma Keddington

FBI now involved in Utah Women’s Basketball racism investigation

Police in Idaho are working with the FBI to investigate an incident where racial slurs were yelled at the Utah Women's basketball team.

3 months ago

Utah Utes guard Ines Vieira (2) shoots the ball with Colorado Buffaloes guard Frida Formann (3) jum...

MICHELLE BODKIN

Utah women’s basketball team forced to move hotels after racial hate crimes during NCAA Tournament

The NCAA Tournament was supposed to be a fun experience for the University of Utah women's basketball team.

3 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Underwater shot of the fisherman holding the fish...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Your Bear Lake fishing guide

Bear Lake offers year-round fishing opportunities. By preparing ahead of time, you might go home with a big catch!

A group of people cut a purple ribbon...

Comcast

Comcast announces major fiber network expansion in Utah

Comcast's commitment to delivering extensive coverage signifies a monumental leap toward a digitally empowered future for Utahns.

a doctor putting her hand on the chest of her patient...

Intermountain Health

Intermountain nurse-midwives launch new gynecology access clinic

An access clinic launched by Intermountain nurse-midwives provides women with comprehensive gynecology care.

Young couple hugging while a realtor in a suit hands them keys in a new home...

Utah Association of Realtors

Buying a home this spring? Avoid these 5 costly pitfalls

By avoiding these pitfalls when buying a home this spring, you can ensure your investment will be long-lasting and secure.

a person dressed up as a nordic viking in a dragon boat resembling the bear lake monster...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Legend of the Bear Lake Monster

The Bear Lake monster has captivated people in the region for centuries, with tales that range from the believable to the bizarre.

...

Live Nation Concerts

All the artists coming to Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre (formerly USANA Amp) this summer

Summer concerts are more than just entertainment; they’re a celebration of life, love, and connection.

South Carolina’s 1st inning grand slam ends Utah softball’s season in 5-1 loss