Freshman Mariah Ramirez threw four shutout innings Saturday at third-ranked Washington.
March 24, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Freshman right-hander Mariah Ramirez threw four shutout innings in the circle, but the University of Utah softball team fell to Washington, 6-1, in the second game of its inaugural Pac-12 Conference series against Washington on Saturday at Husky Softball Stadium.
Ramirez came on in relief and pitched the final 4.0 innings during her 12th appearance of the year, which proved to be her most successful outing of the season. Ramirez did not allow a run on only four hits as she faced 19 Husky hitters. The outing tied her longest of this season as she threw 4.0 innings against Howard on Mar. 10 in Fort Myers, Fla.
Offensively for Utah (21-7, 0-2 Pac-12), the Utes ripped two doubles and scored a run in the first inning as senior first baseman Tia Palauni and junior outfielder Katelyn Elliott came through with extra-base hits in the first inning, while sophomore outfielder Chalese Fankhauser connected for a hard-fought single up the middle of the Husky defense in the top half of the fifth.
In her fifth start of the season, sophomore Naomi Amu went 2.0 innings and allowed six earned runs on three hits with four walks.
The Utes got off to a fast start as Palauni hit a double to left field with one out in the first inning then was knocked in for the first run of the game when Elliott roped a two-out double in the top of the first frame. Palauni is third on the squad with three doubles, while Elliott now has three doubles this year and six extra-base hits to go along with 11 runs batted in.
This was the 10th time the Utes had scored in the first inning of a ballgame game this season and the Utes are 8-2 in those contests.
After a groundout to second base to start the second inning, Washington's next three batters reached base with a pair of walks and a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt to load the bases. Inglesby then slapped an RBI ground ball back to Amu to score Washington's fourth run before a two-run single by Fagaly to center field.
The Utes drew back-to-back walks to start the sixth inning, but the Huskies were able to retire the next three Utah hitters.
Utah concludes its three-game series at third-ranked Washington tomorrow at 12 p.m. PT.