Kate Dickman hit two home runs and two triples for six RBI during Saturday's doubleheader against No. 15 UCLA.
April 6, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - Sophomore left fielder Kate Dickman hit two home runs and two triples for six RBI as the University of Utah softball split a Pac-12 Conference twin bill with No. 15/T-15 UCLA on Saturday at Utah Softball Stadium. The Utes won the second game of the day, 7-4, after a 6-4 loss in the first game.
Utah (15-20-1, 2-9 Pac-12) outhit the Bruins on the day, .320 to .286.
Dickman had four hits in five at-bats in the two games, including her first two home runs of the season (one of the inside-the-park variety). Her two triples on the day now gives her four for the season, which ties for the team lead. Fifteen extra-base hits in 2013 gave her a .528 slugging percentage, which ranks second on the squad. She now has 26 career extra-base hits, while her two multi-hit games against the Bruins gave her eight for the season.
Dickman, a Mission Viejo, Calif., native, is tied for team-high honors with five multi-RBI games this year. She has 18 RBI this season and 39 over her Ute career.
"We all need to eat what Kate's been eating," Utah Head Coach Amy Hogue said. "She's been hitting the ball like that since we started the Pac-12. I would not want to face her right now. I wouldn't throw her a strike. She's even hitting pitches that would be called balls. She's also drawing walks. She knows she has good hitters behind her so she's been doing her job all around and it's been fun to watch her. She's such a team player. No matter what she does, she's still wants none of it to be about her. She turns around and puts the attention on everyone else."
With a hit in each contest, senior second baseman Jackie Sweet kept her team-high hit streak intact. The Corona, Calif., native has hit in Utah's last 12 games, which is the highest streak for the Utes in 2013.
Game 1: No. 15/T-15 UCLA 6, Utah 4
Dickman drove in all four of Utah's runs in the opener and went 2-for-3 with a walk and run scored.
Freshman third baseman Kristen Stewart turned in her second career multi-hit effort with a 2-for-3 day at the plate on a pair of singles up the middle of the UCLA defense.
On the mound, junior right-hander Naomi Amu got the start and went 1.1 innings, allowing an earned run on three hits. She did not issue a walk to go with one strikeout, but saw her record on the season drop to 7-8.
Sophomore Mariah Ramirez threw the final 5.2 innings in relief and gave up one earned run on five hits with two strikeouts and she did not yield a free pass to Bruin hitters.
UCLA got on the board first with a double and a single in the first frame, but the Utes wasted little time responding.
Junior center fielder Chalese Fankhauser and senior second baseman Sweet connected on base hits to start Utah's first and Fankhauser hustled to third base and the Utes had runners on second and third base. Dickman then wrapped a line drive off the right-center field wall and then used her speed in the first inside-the-park home run in Utah Softball Stadium history to give the Utes a 3-1 edge. It was Dickman's first homer of the season and the second of her career.
A B.B. Bates grand slam for UCLA gave the lead back to the visitors and the Bruins added a run in the fifth to take a 6-3 lead.
Sweet drew a leadoff walk and Dickman then laced a triple down the right-field line for her fourth RBI of the day to plate Sweet and set the final margin, 6-4.
UCLA's Ally Carda picked up the win on the mound after allowing four earned runs on six hits in 4.0 innings of work to improve to 17-6 this season.
Game 2: Utah def. No. 15/T-15 UCLA, 7-4
Dickman recorded hits in both of her official at-bats in the second game of the day and also drove in two more runs.
Ramirez registered a pair of hits for her second multi-hit game of the year and she drove in her ninth run of the year, which gives her 12 for her career.
Fankhauser drove in two runs in the second game with a two-run round-tripper, which was her third of 2013 and the 13 of her career.
Freshman Kayce Nieto threw 5.0 solid innings in her sixth start of the season on the mound, yielding three earned runs on eight hits with two walks and strikeout. The Farmington Hills, Mich., native improved her record to 4-5 this season with the win.
"Kayce threw some quick innings that completely took air out of UCLA's sails," Hogue said. "There were a lot of balls hit today that would have been out of other ballparks. We understand that and we use that to our advantage."
Fankhauser led off the game by reaching safely after a UCLA miscue and Dickman capitalized by tripling again, this time in left-center field gap, with one out in the first frame to give Utah an early 1-0 edge. Senior shortstop Kelsi Hoopiiaina then dropped down a sacrifice bunt to the Bruin pitcher that allowed Dickman to cross home plate and give the Utes a 2-0 advantage. Hoopiiaina has driven in 20 runs this year, a team high.
"We got the lead early in the first game and again we talked about how one big inning does not win ballgames for us," Hogue said. "We talked about doing everything else the same way we did it in the first game, but just put up an extra inning of big numbers and we did that."
Sophomore Marissa Mendenhall and Ramirez kept the momentum going by looping back-to-back doubles (Mendenhall's through the left-center field gap and Ramirez's double down the left-field line for her ninth RBI of the season. Fankhauser then cleared the bases by clocking her third homer of the year over the left-center field fence and put Utah ahead 5-0.
The Bruins struck back with a three-run homer by Stephany LaRosa in the third to cut UCLA's deficit to two runs (5-3). Utah once again replied in the fourth as Sweet came through with an RBI single with two out for her 16th RBI of the year to put the Utes ahead 6-3.
Dickman tagged her second home run of the day, this one went over the right-field wall, to give a 7-3 advantage in the bottom of the fifth.
The Bruins got one run back in the sixth after an RBI single by Brittany Moeai, but UCLA's Jessica Hall was dealt the loss in the decision and is now 4-5 in 2013.