Kate Dickman hit a two-run single in the top of the sixth on Saturday at No. 2/2 Arizona State.
May 5, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Freshman outfielder Kate Dickman came up with a clutch two-out single that tied the game at four runs apiece in the sixth inning, but the University of Utah softball team was edged by No. 2/2 Arizona State, 6-4, on Saturday at Farrington Stadium.
Utah (26-25, 1-19 Pac-12) earned a 7-7 tie with Arizona State, while both teams also committed one error in the field.
Dickman connected on a two-run single in the sixth to lead Utah's three-run sixth-inning rally that tied the game at four runs apiece. The Mission Viejo, Calif., has driven in 21 runs this season and ranks third on the squad with 41 hits during her rookie campaign.
Senior first baseman Tia Palauni and junior outfielder Katelyn Elliott both cranked doubles for the Utes. Palauni has seven two-base hits this year and has 16 extra-base hits in 2012, which is third on the Utah squad. For her career, the Taylorsville, Utah native has 48 extra-base hits.
Elliott was the lone Ute with more than one hit as she was 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and single to go with a run scored. Elliott, a Spanish Fork, Utah nativ, is now fourth on the team with eight multi-hit performances this year.
Junior shortstop Kelsi Hoopiiaina drove her second sacrifice fly of the season in the third inning for her 22nd RBI of the year.
Senior third baseman Whitney Holm lined an RBI single to center field to start Utah's sixth-inning comeback. She leads Utah this season with 55 hits and 39 RBI.
Senior right-hander Generra Nielson took the ball for the Utes in her 39th start of the year and went 6.0 innings, while allowed five earned runs on seven hits to go with three strikeouts. Unfortunately, she took the loss in the pitching decision and is 19-16 this season. She needs just six more strikeouts to tie Meghan Dyer (2006-07) for fourth place on school's all-time strikeout list.
Elliott led off the fourth frame with a double down the left-field line, her seventh double of the year and the ninth of her career. She has 22 extra-base hits in two seasons with Utah.
The Sun Devils scored a run in both the fourth and fifth innings, but the Utes came back with three runs in the sixth to tie the game for the first time. Palauni roped a double down the left-field line off a 1-0 delivery before Elliott and Holm knocked base hits to push Palauni across home plate. Junior second baseman Jackie Sweet then drew a walk to load the bases before Dickman cracked a two-run single to right field, which tied the game at four runs apiece.
No. 2/2 Arizona State (44-5, 16-2 Pac-12) came back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth to set the final margin at 6-4.
The Utes conclude their Pac-12 Conference series with the Sun Devils tomorrow at 1 p.m. MT.