Sophomore outfielder Chalese Fankhauser cracked her fourth homer of the year on Tuesday at Arizona.
April 10, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. - Sophomore outfielder Chalese Fankhauser clubbed the 10th home run of her career, but the University of Utah softball team lost both games of a Pac-12 Conference doubleheader against No. 13/13 Arizona, 8-0 (six innings) and 3-1, at Hillenbrand Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Game 1: No. 13/13 Arizona def. Utah, 8-0 (6 innings)
Utah's freshman pitcher Mariah Ramirez allowed eight run in 5.2 innings on 11 hits, while striking out three and walking two. Unfortunately, Ramirez's record this season dropped to 2-2 this season with the loss.
Arizona notched a single run in the first, fourth and fifth frames to gain a 3-0 edge.
Utah registered its first hit of the night in the top of the sixth when junior shortstop Kelsi Hoopiiaina knocked a base hit up the middle of the Wildcat defense to extend her current hitting streak to three games. Senior first baseman Tia Palauni followed with a single off a full-count delivery through the left side of the Arizona defensive alignment to put Ute runners on first and second base. Unfortunately, the Wildcats were able to keep the Utes off the scoreboard.
The Wildcats clinched the victory in run-rule fashion with a five-run sixth frame.
Game 2: No. 13/13 Arizona def. Utah, 3-1
Senior right-hander Generra Nielson took the ball in game two and turned in the 13th complete-game effort of the year and the 23rd of her Utah career. She allowed three earned runs on six hits to go with seven strikeouts while walking four. Unfortunately with the loss, Nielson dropped to 17-10 in the circle this season.
Arizona put two runs on the board in the bottom of the second, but Fankhauser cut Utah's deficit in half by leading off the third inning with a solo home run off an 0-1 delivery over the left-field wall for Utah's first run of the day. Fankhauser has hit four home runs and has driven in 11 runs this season. She has 10 round-trippers over her career to go with 38 RBI.
The Wildcats added a third score in the bottom of the fifth, but Holm and Elliott came up with back-to-back one-out singles in the top of the sixth. Unfortunately, the Utes could not push another run across home plate.
The Utes conclude their series with Arizona in a single game tomorrow at 12 p.m. MT. Live video (fee required) and stats will be available at arizonawildcats.com.