Senior first baseman Katelyn Elliott hit a grand slam during Utah's 14-3 win at Utah State on Wednesday.
April 17, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Katelyn Elliott connected on a grand slam and Jackie Sweet went 3-for-4 as the University of Utah softball team earned a 14-3 win in six innings at Utah State on Wednesday at LaRee and LaGrand Johnson Field.
Utah (19-23-1, 4-11 Pac-12) tied its season high with 14 runs on the day and also tagged four doubles, which also ties for its season. The Utes also scored 14 runs at UNLV on Feb. 17, while Utah also hit four doubles in the same game against the Rebels.
Elliott went 1-for-2 at the plate with a season-high four RBI. Her third-inning grand slam pushed her RBI total for the season to 10. The Spanish Fork, Utah native now has 10 career home runs and 42 RBI over her career.
Freshman third baseman Kristen Stewart drove in a season-high three runs and scored twice in a 1-for-3 performance. The Covina, Calif., native has two multi-RBI efforts this year.
Sweet posted a team-high three hits for the Utes with a 3-for-4 effort against the Aggies, including her fourth home run of the year. The Corona, Calif., native now has 21 RBI in 2013. For her career, Sweet has 14 homers and 61 RBI. She has now reached base in 19 consecutive games and owns 12 multi-hit performances.
Sophomore left fielder Kate Dickman was 2-for-3 with two RBI and now has 10 multi-hit games and eight outings with two or more RBI.
Senior shortstop Kelsi Hoopiiaina went 1-for-3 with an RBI at the plate.
All three Ute pitchers appeared in the game with freshman Kayce Nieto getting the start and allowing only two hits in 2.0 shutout innings, while striking out two and walking none. With the win, the Farmington Hills, Mich., native improved to 6-5 this season.
Junior Naomi Amu pitched a flawless sixth inning to clinch the victory. She did not allow a run or hit and also earned a strikeout.
The Utes scored twice in the first inning when Sweet reached on an error by the Aggie shortstop then Dickman and Hoopiiaina drew walks before Stewart knocked Sweet in after a groundout to the USU shortstop. Sophomore designated player Marissa Mendenhall then reached after an error by the Aggie third baseman that allowed Dickman to cross home plate.
Utah then added six more scores in the third frame as Sweet singled to left-center field before Dickman turned in an RBI double to left field to push Sweet across home plate. Hoopiiaina then placed a bunt single along the third-base line that allowed Dickman to advance to third. Hoopiiaina stole second and the bases were loaded after Stewart was hit by a pitch. Another run scored as Mendenhall reached on a USU error that allowed Dickman to score. Elliott completed Utah's scoring in the frame as she turned on a grand slam over the left-field fence to clear the bases and give the Utes an 8-0 lead.
Sweet then launched a home run over the left-field wall in the fourth inning to give Utah a 9-0 lead.
After the Aggies scored three times in the fifth, Sweet singled down the right-field line to start, while Dickman looped a double to left-center field to push Sweet across. Hoopiiaina followed with a second straight double to right-center field before Stewart connected on a two-run homer to center field to give Utah a 13-3 edge. Sandi Fawson reached on an error by the Aggie shortstop as senior Shay Shaum then doubled to right field to score Fawson and put the `run rule' back into effect and set the final margin at 14-3 in favor of the Utes. Shaum, an Ogden, Utah native, now has two RBI in 2013.
Utah State (8-35) received a 2-for-3, two-RBI performance from Hailey Froton, while Mandy Harmon took the loss after allowing eight runs on four hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
The Utes resume Pac-12 Conference competition this weekend against No. 2/3 Arizona State at Utah Softball Stadium. The opener is on Friday, starting at 6 p.m. MT. Live audio and stats will be available at utahutes.com.