The Utes opened Utah Softball Stadium on Tuesday against Utah Valley.
March 26, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - In the inaugural game held at Utah Softball Stadium, sophomore left fielder Kate Dickman extended her hit streak to six games with an RBI triple, but the Utes dropped a 4-1 decision to Utah Valley Tuesday in a non-conference matchup.
Utah (13-14-1) received a 4-for-8 night from the Nos. 2-4 hitters in its lineup, including Dickman's RBI triple in the sixth. The Mission Viejo, Calif., native now has two career triples and 31 career RBI.
The Utes also received a 2-for-3 effort from senior second baseman Jackie Sweet, which included the first Ute hit in Utah Softball Stadium history, a single through the left side of the UVU defense in addition to another base hit in the fourth frame. The Corona, Calif., native now has three multi-hit games this season.
Sophomore Mariah Ramirez was dealt the loss after going 5.1 innings and allowing two earned runs on seven hits. The Hawaiian Gardens, Calif., native is now 4-5 this season. Freshman Kayce Nieto appeared in 1.0 inning and allowed two hits, while junior Naomi Amu allowed a hit in 0.2 innings of work.
The Utes threatened in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings.
Elliott led off the fifth with a single down the right-field line and pinch runner Sandi Fawson advanced to second base after Pacheco knocked a single past the UVU shortstop to put runners on the corners with one out. Unfortunately, the Wolverines were able to get a strike out and ground out to end the frame.
Hoopiiaina began the sixth with a base hit through the right side of the UVU defense. She scored Utah's first run of the game after the next at-bat as Dickman roped a triple to right center, which was her second career triple. Stewart followed with another single, but the Wolverines were able to convert a double play to prevent any more Ute runs from crossing home plate.
Utah Valley (17-11) received a complete-game performance from Tiffany Mills, who gave up one earned run on seven hits with five strikeouts and one walk in 7.0 innings. She improved to 7-6 this season with the victory.
Utah's Senior Woman Administrator Mary Bowman threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
The Utes entertain No. 17/21 Arizona in their first-ever Pac-12 Conference series this weekend at Utah Softball Stadium, beginning Thursday at 6 p.m. Gavin McCallister will have the play-by-play call at utahutes.com and live stats will be available at utahutes.com as well.