Sophomore left fielder Kate Dickman went 2-for-3 on Friday in Utah's Pac-12 opener at No. 6/5 Cal.
March 22, 2013
BERKELEY, Calif. - Ute sophomore left fielder Kate Dickman had two hits in three at-bats, but the University of Utah softball team dropped a 6-0 decision against No. 6/5 California in its Pac-12 Conference opener on Friday at Levine-Fricke Field.
Utah (13-10-1, 0-1 Pac-12) was led at the plate by Dickman, who notched Utah's first two hits of the contest, a single to center field in the top of the second inning followed by a base hit to left field with one out in the fifth. The Mission Viejo, Calif., native now has four multi-hit games this season and she is now second on the squad with 21 hits.
Senior second baseman Jackie Sweet led off the sixth with a single before senior shortstop Kelsi Hoopiiaina rolled a ground ball to second base that was misplayed by Cal and left Ute runners on first and second base. Unfortunately, the Golden Bears (24-3, 1-0 Pac-12) were able to get back-to-back strikeouts to end the threat.
On the mound, sophomore right-hander Mariah Ramirez did not allow a hit in the first 2.1 innings, but could not prevent the Cal offense from breaking through with six runs in the home half of the fifth. In total, Ramirez went 6.0 innings and allowed two earned runs on five hits, while walking two. Ramirez was tagged with the loss and fell to 4-4 this season.
The Utes' three-game set at No. 6/5 Cal continues tomorrow at 1 p.m. PT. Live stats will be available at calbears.com.