Sophomore Mariah Ramirez threw her second complete game of the season on Sunday against Cal Poly.
Feb. 24, 2013
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Due to a pre-established `drop-dead' time of 4:15 p.m. PT to accommodate travel arrangements, the University of Utah softball team settled for a 1-1 tie with Cal Poly Sunday on Yankee Field at the Big League Dreams Complex during the final day of the Mary Nutter Classic.
Utah (8-6-1) extended its unbeaten streak to seven games and the Utes are 6-0-1 in their last seven games. The tie was the sixth in school history and the first since a 5-5 draw against Cal State Northridge at the Kajikawa Classic on Feb. 9, 2007.
Sophomore Mariah Ramirez was impressive on the mound, did not allow an earned run in 7.0 innings and only five hits, while striking out two. The Hawaiian Gardens, Calif., native has now thrown two complete games this year. She has thrown 37.0 innings with a 5.49 ERA this season.
The Mustangs managed to put an unearned run on the board in the second frame, but the Utes answered in the bottom half of the third inning when Hoopiiaina popped a one-out single to right field then junior third baseman Taylor Austin moved her along to second base with a sacrifice bunt. Hoopiiaina then scored after a pair of Mustang miscues on a ball hit by sophomore left fielder Kate Dickman to account for an unearned run.
Hoopiiaina, a Riverton, Utah native, leads the team with a .426 batting average, 20 hits, 16 RBI, 13 runs scored, six doubles and three home runs.
In the first inning, Dickman and sophomore center fielder Chalese Fankhauser came up with back-to-back single and moved to second and third base after a Cal Poly error. Unfortunately, the Utes were unable to break the tie.
Freshman Kristen Stewart was hit by a pitch to lead off the fifth frame and advanced to second after Sweet laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt before Hoopiiaina launched a high fly ball that was lost in the sun by the Mustang defenders and ended up with a double to put Utes on second and third base. Unfortunately, the Utes were unable to push a run across home plate.
After a weekend off, the Utes head to Utah Valley for a Mar. 5 game at 3 p.m. MT.