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Utes Open Utah Softball Stadium Against Utah Valley

The Utes opened Utah Softball Stadium on Tuesday against Utah Valley.

The Utes opened Utah Softball Stadium on Tuesday against Utah Valley.

March 26, 2013

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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.

Senior shortstop Kelsi Hoopiiaina, senior first baseman Katelyn Elliott, freshman catcher Shelby Pacheco and freshman third baseman Kristen Stewart each collected hits for the Utes.

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.



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