Sophomore right-hander Kayce Nieto threw nine shutout innings during Utah's 1-0 win over BYU on Thursday.
March 20, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY - After starting the game 0-for-3 at the plate, junior left fielder Kate Dickman responded with the game on the line by hitting a walk-off double to right-center field in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the University of Utah softball team a 1-0 win over BYU in the Deseret First Duel on Thursday.
With one out in the bottom of the ninth, freshman second baseman Hannah Flippen hit her third double of the season and Dickman brought her home with a walk-off double to right-center field to give the Utes the victory over the Cougars.
Utah (11-9) was led throughout the game by an outstanding performance from sophomore right-hander Kayce Nieto. In her 13th start of the season, the Farmington Hills, Mich., native threw nine shutout innings and only gave four hits to the Cougars to improve to 6-7 in win-loss decisions this season. She has thrown four complete games in 2014 with a pair of complete-game shutouts.
Dickman drove in her team-high 16th RBI of the year and leads the team with seven doubles in 2014.
Flippen posted a game-high two hits in four at-bats for her ninth multi-hit game of the season. She laid down a bunt single in the third frame before hitting a double to right field in the ninth to set up Dickman's walk-off hit.
Leading off the game for the Utes was junior Chalese Hadley, who recorded her fourth double of the season to left-center field in the first frame. Freshman designated player Bella Secaira singled to right field in the second frame for her 12th hit of the year.
The Utes threatened in the bottom of the sixth as sophomore third baseman Kristen Stewart drew a lead-off walk and senior Trina Gomez entered the game as a pinch runner. Gomez was moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Hadley, but the Utes were unable to convert.
Utah now leads the 2013-14 Deseret First Duel over BYU by a 41-6 margin.
BYU (10-18) was led by an 8.1-inning, seven-strikeout performance on the mound by right-hander Tori Almond.
The Utes begin their Pac-12 Conference home schedule on Saturday, Mar. 22 against No. 3 Oregon at 2 p.m. MT with a live video stream and live stats at utahutes.com.