“Lyndsey has been hitting the ball and just not getting lucky,” stated SUU head coach Kyle Magnusson. “I have been telling her to just keep hitting the ball and it would start coming through. Today she had line drives and hard-hit ground balls everywhere.”
Healey went 3-for-3 in the opener, but the Utes jumped out to a five-run lead in the first inning and added three more scores in both the third and fifth innings to clinch a 12-4 win on an RBI single from Chalese Hadley. Senior Ariel Hart (7-7) took the loss for the T-Birds after surrendering seven earned runs over three innings. Kaycee Nieto (11-11) was credited with the victory after tossing three scoreless frames.
The Southern Utah offense got going early in the second meeting when Healey hit a two-run double down the left field line to put her team out in front in the top of the first. The Utes answered with pair of scores of their own in the bottom half of the inning to even things up at 2-2.
The Thunderbirds went back on top in the third after Sara Park led off by bunting for a base hit and came around to score on a double from Kylee Wolf. Healey then drove in her fourth run of the day, Taylor Dumas picked up an RBI, and Meagan Neilson plated one run and scored another to put SUU up 7-2.
The two sides would go on to trade scores as the Utes brought three runners home in the bottom of the third before the T-Birds got three more in the top of the fourth, driven in by Therysa Dyer and Dumas.
Utah hung around with a few more runs in the fourth, but SUU matched them with three scores in the fifth as Madison Resley and Neilson both hit home runs. Healey added one last RBI in the seventh inning to help set the final score at 14-10 in favor of Southern Utah.
Katie Greenberg (5-5) earned the win for the Thunderbirds after allowing four earned runs on six hits while working four innings. She was relieved by Ashley Ostler in the fifth, who gave up just two runs over the final three frames. Mariah Ramirez (4-4) took the loss for the Utes.
Wolf finished the day 4-of-8 at the plate with three runs scored and Kadi Henderson scored another three runs on three hits. Neilson’s home run was her fourth of the year while Resley took the team lead with her seventh dinger.
The Thunderbirds return to the field on Wednesday afternoon for a doubleheader at Utah Valley. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m. with coverage available at www.suutbirds.com.