Kate Dickman knocked an RBI single in the series finale against No. 15/15 UCLA on Sunday.
April 22, 2012
LOS ANGELES - Freshman Kate Dickman belted an RBI single in the fourth inning, but the University of Utah softball team could not avoid a 9-1, six-inning loss at No. 15/15 UCLA on Sunday at Easton Stadium in the final game of their Pac-12 Conference series.
Utah (23-21, 0-15 Pac-12) had its offensive attack bolstered by Dickman, who drove in Utah's lone run of the contest after hitting an RBI single in the fourth. The Mission Viejo, Calif., native has driven in 16 RBI during her debut campaign and is third on the squad with 33 hits this season.
Junior shortstop Kelsi Hoopiiaina lined a double to center field in fifth for Utah's only extra-base hit of the contest. She is tied with Dickman with nine doubles this season and has pounded 16 extra-base hits in 2012 and has 42 during her career at Utah. Hoopiiaina also owns the team's longest current hit streak, a six-game stretch that started on Apr. 13 against No. 19/15 Oregon.
Freshman Marissa Mendenhall turned in Utah's first hit of the contest, her 14th of the year, to left-center field. Junior Katelyn Elliott knocked a base hit that helped the Utes score in the fourth, which was her 31st hit of the season.
Junior second baseman Jackie Sweet connected on a single to right field in the sixth frame for Utah's fifth hit of the ballgame.
For the third straight game, Utah used every member of its pitching staff in the game. Freshman Mariah Ramirez went 2.1 innings in her fifth start of the season, and her record dropped to 2-4 this season. Senior right-hander Generra Nielson came on for 2.0 innings of relief, followed by the final two innings by sophomore Naomi Amu.
UCLA scored three runs in its first two at-bats of the contest and added five more in the fourth and fifth frames. A single run in the sixth put the `run-rule' into effect for the Bruins.
Elliott registered a leadoff single off the first pitch she saw to start the fourth frame. Junior Sandi Bowles was inserted into the game to pinch run for Elliott and took second base after a Bruin wild pitch. Bowles then crossed home plate for the 16th time this season after an RBI single to right field by Dickman that brought the game to a 3-1 score.
With one out in the fifth, Hoopiiaina looped a 2-1 delivery for a double to center field, but the Utes could not convert with the runner in scoring position.
In the sixth, Sweet slapped a single to right field and then advanced to second base after an illegal pitch was called on UCLA. Unfortunately, Sweet was left stranded on base after the Bruins were able to get Ute hitters to ground out, strike out and line out to end the inning.
Utah will play a non-conference doubleheader at Weber State on Wednesday. First pitch from Ogden will be at 3 p.m. MT with live stats on Gametracker at utahutes.com.