Kate Dickman went 4-for-7 on Saturday at the USF Invitational.
March 8, 2014
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The University of Utah softball settled for a pair of losses on Saturday at the Eddie C. Moore Complex in the USF Invitational, 4-3 to Indiana State and 4-1 to Kansas.
Utah (9-7) was led by a 4-for-7, one RBI performance by junior Kate Dickman, while senior Chalese Hadley, freshman Anissa Urtez and sophomore Kristen Stewart each came up with two hits apiece on the day. Urtez, freshman Bella Secaira and junior Marissa Mendenhall each drove in one run.
Sophomore Kayce Nieto and junior Mariah Ramirez each made two appearances on the mount. Nieto totaled 6.2 innings, allowing five earned runs on 11 hits with three strikeouts and three walks. Ramirez yielded three earned runs on six hits in 5.2 innings of work with opponents hitting .286 against her.
Game 1: Indiana State 4, Utah 3
Dickman and Urtez both registered two-hit performances against the Sycamores, while Urtez also drove in a run. Secaira and were credited with RBI as well.
In her second start of the season, junior Mariah Ramirez allowed three earned runs on six hits in 4.2 innings without issuing a walk and striking out one. Nieto threw 2.0 innings, but was dealt the loss after yielding the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh. Nieto gave up only three hits for one run with only one walk.
Unfortunately, ISU struck back immediately with three runs of its own in the bottom half of the third frame. The game remained tied until the bottom of the seventh when the Sycamores were able to secure the game-winning run for the 4-3 win.
Game 2: Kansas 4, Utah 1
Nieto started on the mound, but was issued the loss after going 4.2 innings and allowing four earned runs on four hits against the Jayhawks. With the loss, she is now 5-6 in pitching decisions this season.
Dickman went 2-for-3 at the plate with a run driven, while Stewart and Hadley turned in hits as well.
KU scored twice in the first frame before Utah got on the scoreboard first in the third. Hadley singled with one out and scored from second after Dickman knocked a base hit to center field.
The Utes close the USF Tournament against the homestanding USF Bulls on Sunday, Mar. 8 at 3:30 p.m. ET.