Utah junior outfielder Katelyn Elliott tied the school's single-game record with three home runs on Sunday at No. 2 Arizona State.
May 6, 2012
TEMPE, Ariz. - Junior outfielder Katelyn Elliott tied the school single-game record with three home runs, but the University of Utah softball team lost its Pac-12 Conference series finale at No. 2 Arizona State, 13-5 in six innings, on Sunday at Farrington Stadium.
Utah (26-26, 1-20 Pac-12) hit four homers on the day against Arizona State.
Elliott led the way by clubbing three solo home runs for three RBI against the Sun Devils. The Spanish Fork, Utah native is now tied with senior third baseman Whitney Holm for the team lead with eight home runs this year. Elliott has now driven in 25 runs this season and 31 during her time as a Ute. She is tied for third on the squad with 16 extra-base hits in 2012.
Elliott joins two others in Utah softball history who have hit three home runs in a single game: Lyndsey Trevis versus Massachusetts on Mar. 10, 2001 and Niki Hayhurst against Colorado State on Apr. 1, 2001.
Junior second baseman Jackie Sweet also got into the act as she rapped a two-run homer to left field to spark Utah's first inning. The Corona, Calif., native has six homers this year and has driven in 28 runs this year.
In the circle, senior right-hander Generra Nielson started and went 5.0 and registered three strikeouts. She has struck out 466 hitters as a Ute and needs just three more K's to tie Meghan Dyer (2006-07) for fourth place on school's all-time strikeout list. Freshman Mariah Ramirez and sophomore Naomi Amu also made relief appearances for the Utes. Unfortunately, Ramirez was tagged with the loss and 3-6 during her debut campaign at Utah.
After Arizona State countered with one run in its half of the first, Elliott slammed her second homer of the contest, and her seventh of the season, in the third inning off a full-count pitch for one more Ute score.
The Sun Devils turned in eight runs between the third, fourth and fifth innings to jump out to an 8-4 lead.
The Utes got a single run back as Elliott struck once again with a solo shot to left field with a 1-2 count on her in the sixth frame.
No. 2 Arizona State (45-5, 17-2 Pac-12) added five more runs in its half of the sixth to put the `run rule' into effect and take a 13-5 victory in six innings.
Utah plays its final non-conference game of the season on Tuesday against Utah Valley. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. MT with audio and live stats available at utahutes.com.