Senior Generra Nielson threw her 11th complete game of the year Sunday at No. 3 Washington.
March 25, 2012
SEATTLE - Senior right-hander Generra Nielson pitched her 11th complete game of the year, but the University of Utah softball team came up short in a 3-1 loss to No. 3 Washington on Sunday at Husky Softball Field.
Utah (21-8, 0-3 Pac-12) received a solid performance on the mound from Nielson, who turned in her 11th complete-game effort of the year. In 6.0 innings of work, Nielson gave up two earned runs on six hits to go with five strikeouts and five walks.
Nielson had 11 complete-game efforts all of last season and has had 22 over her Utah career. With five strikeouts on the day against the Huskies, she has fanned 191 hitters this year. She struck out 198 through all of last season and has 389 K's during her two seasons as a Ute.
Offensively, hits were equal between the schools as both the Utes and Huskies registered six apiece.
Junior shortstop Kelsi Hoopiiaina led the way for the Ute attack with two hits in three at-bats for her ninth multiple-hit effort of 2012. Hoopiiaina's single to left field in the third and her double to left with one out in the fifth were her first two hits of the weekend and broke an 0-for-8 slump against the Huskies.
Four other Utes came up with hits as junior outfielder Katelyn Elliott led off the second with a single that went past the Husky shortstop. Junior catcher Shay Wallace, sophomore outfielder Chalese Fankhauser along with Hoopiiaina all got base knocks to start the third that led to Utah's lone score of the contest. Senior outfielder Hannah Clements notched her 15th hit of the year, a single to right field to lead off Utah's seventh inning.
The Huskies scored all three of their runs in the contest during their first two innings as Kimi Pohlman got things started in the first frame with a one-out double. Kaitlin Inglesby then knocked a two-out home run over the left-field wall to give Washington a 2-0 edge. Pohlman then drew a two-out walk with the bases loaded in the second inning to push Shawna Wright across home plate for an unearned run and give the Huskies a 3-0 advantage.
Senior first baseman Tia Palauni became the fourth consecutive Ute to reach base as she drew her 18th walk of the year, and the 98th of her career, to force Wallace across the plate for Utah's first run of the contest. Palauni, a native of Taylorsville, Utah, has driven in 13 runs this season and has 75 RBI over her career.
Utah hosts Utah State on Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Ute Softball, before traveling to Pocatello, Idaho to take on Idaho State Thursday at 3 p.m.