Chalese Fankhauser hit a two-run homer in Wednesday's 7-0 run over Utah State.
March 28, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Nine different Utes recorded hits and sophomore outfielder Chalese Fankhauser hit a two-run homer to lead the University of Utah softball team to a 7-0 win over Utah State on Wednesday at Ute Softball Field.
Utah (22-8, 0-3 Pac-12) extended its non-conference win streak to five games, while putting a halt to its three-game losing streak. The Utes improved to 3-0 at home this season and have won five of their last six games in Salt Lake City.
The Utes outhit the Aggies, 9-3, while Fankhauser and junior second baseman Jackie Sweet led the way with two runs driven in. Fankhauser has hit three home runs this season and she has driven in 10 runs this year. For her career, the South Jordan, Utah native has nine homers and 37 RBI.
In the circle, Generra Nielson registered her third complete-game shutout of the year, and the sixth of her career, in her 24th start of the season. Nielson did not allow an earned run on three hits in 7.0 innings of work, while striking out nine and walking five. With nine more hitters struck out, she has 398 strikeouts during her career at Utah and now carries a 37-18 record as a Ute.
The Aggies threatened in the first frame with a leadoff double by Kassandra Uchida, but Nielson retired three of the next four hitters to keep USU off the scoreboard in the first frame.
After being held without a hit during the first two innings, the Utes exploded for five runs in the bottom of the third.
After junior catcher Shay Wallace drew a leadoff walk, Fankhauser came up with Utah's first hit of the contest, her third homer of the season on a 2-2 pitch over the left-center field fence.
Hoopiiaina then picked up Utah's second hit of the game after laying down a bunt to the left side of the Aggie defense and advanced to second after a throwing error by the Utah State pitcher. Senior third baseman Whitney Holm then knocked an RBI single to right field to driven in Hoopiiaina for her 29th RBI of the year. Katelyn Elliott followed with another base hit to right field to load the bases before Sweet knocked a base hit to plate two more runs for her 18th RBI of the year and the 27th of her career.
The Utes' final run came in the bottom of the sixth when freshman Desaray Akins drove in her sixth career run after hitting into a fielder's choice that allowed Joni Cook to score and set the final margin at 7-0.
Utah State dropped to 9-20 overall this season and was led by two hits from Christina Cummings.
The Utes face Idaho State tomorrow in Pocatello, Idaho. First pitch from Miller Ranch Stadium is set for 4 p.m. MT. Follow all of the action via Gametracker at utahutes.com.