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Utah Softball Drops First Game of Oregon State Series, 6-2

Kate Dickman hit a two-run single in the opener of Utah's series at Oregon State on Friday.

Kate Dickman hit a two-run single in the opener of Utah's series at Oregon State on Friday.

April 12, 2013

CORVALLIS - Sophomore left fielder Kate Dickman drove in two runs for her sixth multi-RBI effort of the year, but the University of Utah dropped a 6-2 decision to Oregon State on Friday in the first game of their Pac-12 Conference series at the OSU Softball Complex.

Utah (17-22-1, 3-10 Pac-12) turned in four hits in the series opener, including base hits from Dickman, sophomore Marissa Mendenhall, freshman catcher Shelby Pacheco and senior shortstop Kelsi Hoopiiaina each hit singles for the Utes.

Dickman singled and drew a pair of walks as well in her 1-for-2 performance. The Mission Viejo, Calif., native has now driven in 20 runs this season.

Hoopiiaina reached base three times as well with a single and a pair of walks in addition to a run scored.

Senior second baseman Jackie Sweet had her team-high 15-game streak snapped, but drew a walk to extend her reached base streak to 16 games. That stretch is also a team-high for Utah this season.

Junior Naomi Amu allowed six earned runs on 10 hits with a strikeout and four walks during a solid 6.0-inning performance. Unfortunately, the Oceanside, Calif., native was dealt the loss and is now 7-9 on the season.

The Utes and Beavers both had three hits apiece after four innings, but Utah fell behind early, 2-0.

In Utah's first inning, Hoopiiaina and Dickman drew walks and junior center fielder Chalese Fankhauser reached on a fielder's choice that advanced Hoopiiaina to third. Unfortunately, Utah's threat ended as Fankhauser was thrown out trying to steal second base.

 

 

Oregon State scored twice in its first at-bat, but the Ute offense finally broke through when Hoopiiaina and Sweet drew back-to-back walks to start the fifth. Dickman then drove the first pitch she saw from OSU reliever Amanda Najdek for a two-RBI single to right-center field tie the game. Dickman has hit in seven straight contests and she is now tied with Hoopiiaina for team-high honors with six multi-RBI performances in 2013.

Oregon State (24-14, 1-8 Pac-12) regained the lead with three runs in its half of the fifth and added one in the sixth to clinch the victory and set the final margin at 6-2.

The middle game of the series between the Utes and Beavers will be played tomorrow at 1 p.m. PT. Follow the live stats at osubeavers.com.

The series finale at 12 p.m. PT on Sunday will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks with JB Long (PBP) and Kyndra de St. Aubin (Analyst) calling the action.

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