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Utah Softball Wins Two at Weber State

Junior Katelyn Elliott posted four hits and three RBI during Wednesday's doubleheader at Weber State.

Junior Katelyn Elliott posted four hits and three RBI during Wednesday's doubleheader at Weber State.

April 25, 2012

OGDEN, Utah - Junior outfielder Katelyn Elliott came through with a team-high four hits and three RBI as the University of Utah softball team beat Weber State twice on Wednesday, 10-1 (in five innings) and 8-1, during a non-conference doubleheader at Wildcat Field.

Utah (25-21) got off to a quick start and scored in the first inning during both games of the doubleheader. The Utes have crossed the plate in the first frame 16 times this season and sport an 11-5 record in those contests. Utah has been the first to score in 23 games in 2012 and owns an 18-5 mark in those games.

The Utes tagged eight extra-base hits on the day, including five doubles and three triples in the two games for a .558 team slugging percentage.

Elliott went 4-for-6 with three RBI, two runs scored and a 1.333 slugging percentage between the two games after hitting three extra-base hits against the Wildcats with two triples and a double. The Spanish Fork, Utah native now has 12 extra-base hits this season and has driven in 20 runs this year.

Shortstop Kelsi Hoopiiaina was 3-for-5 with three RBI in both games against Weber State, including a three-run triple in the fourth inning of the first game. Hoopiiaina also scored three runs and was a perfect 2-for-2 on stolen base attempts. The Riverton, Utah native is now a flawless 15-for-15 on steal attempts this season.

With two RBI, senior third baseman Whitney Holm also had two hits with two RBI and she has now driven in 37 runs this season and now has 128 RBI over her career. She is just three shy of tying for fourth place in school history.

Junior second baseman Jackie Sweet hit a pair of doubles for two RBI and three runs scored. The Corona, Calif., also went 2-for-2 in steal attempts and she is now 6-for-6 this season.

 

 

Sophomore Chalese Fankhauser connected for two hits, including her second career triple, to go with a pair of RBI.

Senior Generra Nielson started both games in the circle for the Utes and picked up the win in both decisions to improve her record to 19-14 this season. She allowed only one earned runs in 7.2 innings, while giving up six hits and striking out 16, compared to just two walks.

Game 1: Utah def. Weber State, 10-1 (5 inn.)
Box Score

Hoopiiaina went 3-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored in the first game of the day, while Elliott had two hits in two official at-bats to go with a run driven in and a run scored.

Nielson got the start and went 3.0 innings, giving up just one earned run on three hits, while striking out six and walking one. Sophomore Naomi Amu came on in relief and only gave up one hit in 2.0 innings to pick up her first save of the season.

Hoopiiaina blooped a single over the head of the Weber State second baseman to start the game before Elliott lined a shot off the glove of the Wildcat third baseman that went down the left-field line and allowed Hoopiiaina to score from second base. Holm kept the pressure on by striking a single up the middle of the WSU defense that allowed Elliott to advance 90 feet and put the Utes ahead 2-0.

Weber State countered with a solo homer to right-center by Kelsie Vallies in the bottom of the third to cut the Wildcats' deficit in half, 2-1.

The Ute offense exploded for six runs in the top portion of the fourth inning as four of Utah's first five hitters - Sweet, Marissa Mendenhall, Hannah Clements and Joni Cook - drew walks. Sweet stole third base and then scored on the same play after a Weber State throwing error. The bases were loaded with Utes when Hoopiiaina stepped to the plate and drove Utah's second triple of the game through the left-center-field gap that scored three runs. Palauni maintained the rally with a solid single through the middle that allowed Hoopiiaina to cross home plate. Holm then launched a sacrifice fly to right field to drive home Palauni. The play gave Utah an 8-1 edge and was her second sacrifice hit of the season and the seventh of her career.

Sandi Bowles and Taylor Austin reached base as pinch hitters before Fankhauser looped a triple between the Weber State center and right fielders to plate Bowles and Austin and set the final score at 10-1.

Game 2: Utah def. Weber State, 8-1
Box Score

Nielson did not allow a hit to the Wildcats through four innings during her 4.2-inning effort, where she did not allow an earned run on three hits, while striking out 10 and issued only one walk. Amu pitched the final 2.1 innings and only gave up one hit while registering two K's.

The Utes got off to another solid start in the second game with four runs in the first frame as Hoopiiaina led off with a walk before stealing second base. Palauni reached base after being hit by a pitch before an Elliott double to left emptied the bases and gave the Utes a 2-0 lead. Sweet followed up with another double, this one to right-center, which drove in Elliott.

Holm and Elliott lined back-to-back one-out doubles in the third inning to push Utah's lead to five runs. Freshman Kate Dickman followed with the Utes' third straight hit, a single to left center, which allowed Sweet to come home.

Elliott wrapped a one-out triple off the left-center field wall in the fourth inning. She later scored off a passed ball. In the fifth frame, freshman Mariah Ramirez reached after an error by Weber State before freshman Susan Duke knocked a single through the left side of the Wildcat defense. Desaray Akins drew a walk to force the bases loaded before pinch hitter Kendal Bergman drew a second consecutive walk to push across Utah's eighth and final run of the contest.

The Wildcats managed to score a run in the bottom of the fifth to extend the game to set the final margin at 8-1.

Utah resumes Pac-12 Conference competition with a three-game set against No. 23 Oregon State at Ute Field, starting Friday at 4 p.m. MT.

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