Chalese Fankhauser hit her eighth double of the year on Saturday at Stanford.
April 27, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. - Junior center fielder Chalese Fankhauser cracked her eighth double of the year, but the University of Utah softball team could not avoid a 12-0 loss to No. 17/15 Stanford in five innings on Saturday in the middle game of a Pac-12 Conference series at Smith Family Stadium.
Utah (23-26-1, 6-14 Pac-12) received a double from Fankhauser in the fifth inning, while senior shortstop Kelsi Hoopiiaina singled to right field to lead off the game.
Sophomore Mariah Ramirez made the start on the mound, but saw her record dip to 9-11 on the year. Junior Naomi Amu threw 2.2 innings in relief, allowing two earned runs on two hits to go with a pair of strikeouts, while walking one.
The Cardinal put three runs on the board in the bottom of the second to start the day's scoring and went on to assume a 12-0 lead.
The Ute defense turned its Pac-12 leading 39th double play of the year after getting Stanford's left fielder Leah White to hit a ground ball back to Ramirez, who relayed a throw back to second base where Hoopiiaina was covering the second-base bag to cut down leadoff hitter Hannah Winter. Hoopiiaina then completed the double play by throwing over to senior first baseman Katelyn Elliott to convert the double play.
Thirty-nine double plays for the Utes is already tied for the seventh-most in a single season in NCAA history. Fresno State also turned 39 double plays in 1994. It is the most in the NCAA since Georgia Tech had 40 in 2006.
Utah's school single-season record is 43 in 1989, which ranks third in NCAA history.
Sophomore left fielder Kate Dickman, who had her 16-game hit streak snapped, drew a one-out walk in Utah's fourth and Fankhauser put runners on second and third base after lacing her eighth double of the season down the left-field line. Unfortunately, the Utes were able to get a run across. Dickman has now reached base safely in 17 consecutive contests.
With the win, No. 17/15 Stanford improved to 31-16 overall and 8-9 in Pac-12 play as pitcher Kelsey Stevens picked up the win on the mound and is 12-7 on the year.