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Utah Athletics | February 25, 2017

No. 17 Utah earns a shutout over No. 13 Tennessee

  Utah pulled a win over the No. 13 team in the nation Friday evening.

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - No. 17 Utah Softball started the Mary Nutter Classic with a pair of impressive wins over No. 13 Tennessee and Houston on Friday evening.

Miranda Viramontes twirled a complete-game shutout in the opener and the Utes got some timely hitting against the Volunteers for a 3-0 victory.

The Utes attacked from the onset as Hannah Flippen doubled to start the game. After a pair of hard-hit balls to the outfield, she took third on a wild pitch. Heather Bowen came through with a single to left for a 1-0 lead.

Delilah Pacheco started the third with a single, moved up on a sacrifice bunt and then over to third on a grounder back to the circle. Once more, the Utes delivered with two outs as Anissa Urtez smoked a single to center.

Bridget Castro started the fifth with a walk and was lifted for pinch runner Ryley Ball. She moved up on a groundout and Barrera singled with two outs for a 3-0 edge.

Meanwhile. Viramontes had faced the minimum through five thanks to Kelly Martinez gunning down a pair of UT baserunners and Urtez deftly turning a double play.

The junior hurler then escaped her first real trouble in the sixth on a comebacker and struck out a pair of batters in the seventh to give her five for the contest.

This was Utah's first win against a Top-25 team at a neutral site since beating this very same Volunteer club at the 2015 Mary Nutter Classic.

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