Senior outfielder Hannah Clements has hit a home run in each of Utah's last two games.
April 3, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Senior outfielder Hannah Clements tagged a two-run, but the University of Utah softball team fell to No. 15 Hawaii, 7-3, during a non-conference contest Tuesday at Ute Field.
Utah (23-9, 0-3 Pac-12) cut its deficit to one run after six innings of play by scoring three runs in the fifth and sixth frames of the ballgame.
Clements homered in her second straight game to highlight her 1-of-3 effort at the plate with two RBI and one run scored. She has two round-trippers this season and nine for her career. The Poway, Calif., native has 13 RBI this year and 55 over her career. This was also her second straight multi-RBI performance of the year after connecting on a grand slam in Utah's 10-2 win over Idaho State in five innings last Thursday.
Junior second baseman Jackie Sweet was the lone Ute with multiple hits as she turned in a 2-for-3 effort at the plate to go with one RBI and one run scored. The Corona, Calif., native has had two or more hits in seven games this season.
In the circle, senior right-hander Generra Nielson made her 26th start of the season and went 6.2 innings, allowing seven earned runs on eight hits, while striking out eight and walking five. She fell to 17-7 in pitching decisions this season with a 38-19 career record. With eight more K's, Nielson upped her career total to 409, with 211 of those coming this season.
The Rainbow Wahine struck first when Makani Duhaylonsod led off with a double to center field before Brynne Buchanan blooped a single down the left-field line to give Hawaii a 1-0 edge.
The Utes had runners on first and second with two out in the bottom of the fourth inning and Kate Dickman cracked a line drive to left, but the Rainbow Wahine defender was able to snag the line drive to keep Utah off the board once again.
Hawaii pushed its lead to 2-0 with another run in the top of the fifth frame, but Utah quickly countered in the bottom of the inning when Sweet led off with a double down the left-field line. Clements then lifted the scoring lid for the Utes as she knocked her second home run in as many games over the left-field fence to tie the game at two runs apiece.
Kelly Majam came up with a two-run home run in the following half inning to regain the lead for Hawaii at 4-2. The Utes cut their deficit in half with another score in the bottom half as Holm reached base with a single to left field before Sweet drove her in with a base hit up the middle, which was her 21st run driven in of the year.
Unfortunately, Hawaii used a pair of home runs in the top of the seventh inning to score three more runs and extend their lead to 7-3.
The Utes resume Pac-12 Conference competition at home against top-ranked California on Thursday at 4 p.m. MT. A broadcast and live stats will be available at utahutes.com.