Junior second baseman Jackie Sweet hit her fifth homer of the season Friday at No. 2 Arizona State.
May 4, 2012
TEMPE, Ariz. - Junior second baseman Jackie Sweet homered in the top of the fifth inning, but the University of Utah softball team dropped a 13-1 five-inning decision to No. 2/2 Arizona State in the first game of their Pac-12 Conference series on Friday at Farrington Stadium.
Utah (26-24, 1-18 Pac-12) was led offensively by Sweet, who knocked a 1-2 delivery over the center field fence for Utah's lone score of the contest. The Corona, Calif., native has five round-trippers this season and seven over her career to go for 22 RBI in 2012 and a total of 33 during her career. She has 12 extra-base hits this season and 19 during her time as a Ute.
Freshman outfielder Kate Dickman registered Utah's first hit of the evening, a single past the Sun Devil shortstop off a 2-2 pitch, to extend her current team-best hit streak to five games. The Mission Viejo, Calif., native is third on the squad with 40 hits this season.
Sophomore Naomi Amu started for the seventh time this season and her record fell to 4-4 after throwing 4.0 innings and striking out two.
The Sun Devils took control of the game early with four runs in both the first and second inning, before putting five runs on the scoreboard in top of the fifth.
Arizona State (43-5, 15-2 Pac-12) was led by a three-hit performance from Alix Johnson, while Annie Lockwood drove in three runs. In the circle, Dallas Escobedo allowed one earned run on two hits during 5.0 innings of work to improve to 17-4 this season.
The middle game of Utah's three-game set at No. 2/2 Arizona State will be played tomorrow at 8 p.m. MT. Go to utahutes.com for live audio and stats.