Kelsi Hoopiiaina went 2-for-3 with an RBI during Sunday's 5-4 win over Ohio State.
Feb. 24, 2013
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Senior shortstop Kelsi Hoopiiaina was 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the University of Utah softball team to a 5-4 win over Ohio State on Sunday during a windy day at the Mary Nutter Classic at the Big League Dreams Sports Complex.
Utah (8-6) extended their win streak to six games as Hoopiiaina continued her hot hitting as she had two hits in her first two at-bats. She had two hits, a pair of singles to increase her team-high batting average to .409 (minimum three at-bats), and an RBI to bring her team-best total to 16 for this season.
On the mound, freshman Kayce Nieto made her eighth appearance of the season and in 4.2 innings, she gave up two earned runs on seven hits to go with three strikeouts during her second win of the season. The Farmington Hills, Mich., native is now 2-1 this season.
Junior Naomi Amu started on the mound and went 2.1 innings and allowed two earned runs on four hits.
The Utes got off to a solid start with a pair of runs in the first inning. Hoopiiaina led off the game with a single to left field. She moved to second base after a ground ball then scored after a Buckeye wild pitch and a Mendenhall sacrifice fly to center field pushed Utah's second run across. Mendenhall now has 11 RBI this season.
The fourth inning saw the Utes put two more run on the board as sophomore center fielder Chalese Fankhauser and Mendenhall drew back-to-back one-out walks and Fankhauser would score on a fielder's choice hit by Stewart. Stewart now has two this year.
Ramirez then stepped up and knocked a perfectly-placed bloop single into shallow left field that allowed Mendenhall to plate Utah's fifth run of the contest for her third run driven in during the 2013 season.
OSU came back with its first two scores of the game with an RBI double to right-center and an RBI single through the left side of the Ute defense in addition to a two-run homer that bounced off the right-field fence in the fourth frame that brought the Bucks within a run, 5-4.
The Utes conclude Mary Nutter Classic action this afternoon against Cal Poly at 2 p.m. PT. Follow along with live stats on Gametracker at utahutes.com.