Senior shortstop Kelsi Hoopiiaina went 3-for-4 at the plate on Saturday against Syracuse.
March 16, 2013
HONOLULU - Senior shortstop Kelsi Hoopiiaina had three hits in four at-bats, including her 14th extra-base hit of the season, but the University of Utah softball team was edged by Syracuse, 2-1, during the Chevron Spring Fling Tournament on Saturday at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Complex.
Utah (13-10-1) outhit Syracuse in the game, 8-5, but unfortunately fell to 8-2 this season when totaling more hits than its opponent. Hoopiiaina led the way with her 3-for-4 day at the plate, capped by a seventh-inning double. The Riverton, Utah native has 10 multi-hit efforts this season and is hitting .397 this year with eight doubles.
Sophomore Marissa Mendenhall joined Hoopiiaina with a multi-hit effort as she turned in a pair of hits for the Utes, a double in the fifth and a single in the second frame. The Stansbury Park, Utah native now has seven games this season with two or more hits.
Sophomore Mariah Ramirez did not allow a hit through the 3.1 innings as the only Orange hitter to reach base in that stretch did so after being hit by a pitch. In total, Ramirez went 5.1 innings, allowed one earned on four hits with two strikeouts and two walks. Ramirez left the game in a 1-1 and had to settle for the non-decision. Junior Naomi Amu came on in relief and took the loss after going 0.2 innings and yielding one earned run on one hit and is now 7-4 this season.
Ramirez was able to get out of a fourth-inning jam unscathed as Jamie Wambold came up with SU's first hit of the contest, a one-out single up the middle, before Veronica Grant followed immediately by looping a double through the right-center field gap to put Orange runners on second and third base. The Utes were able to keep the game scoreless, however, by getting the Syracuse hitters to pop out to Hoopiiaina and strike out.
A Jasmine Watson solo home run to lead off the bottom half of the sixth evened the game at one run apiece. The Orange kept the pressure on as Danielle Chitkowski knocked an RBI double to right center that allowed Wambold to score from first and give Syracuse a 2-1 edge.
Hoopiiaina roped a two-out double to right-center in the seventh, but the Utes were unable to secure the tying run.
The Utes head to Utah State on Wednesday for a single game in Logan at 4 p.m. MT. Pac-12 Conference play kicks off for Utah with a three-game set at No. 5/4 California beginning on Friday at 3 p.m. PT.