Senior co-captain Katelyn Elliott and the Utes travel to St. George, Utah for the Red Desert Classic this weekend.
Feb. 4, 2013
The Utes open the season with two games on Friday, starting against South Dakota at 1:30 p.m. MT, and then Loyola Marymount at 4 p.m. MT. Utah plays a single game against Seattle on Saturday at 4 p.m. MT before a doubleheader on Sunday, against Arkansas at 10 a.m. MT and Nevada at 1:30 p.m. MT.
Live Stats: Live stats can be viewed by following the `Gametracker' links below:
Additional information can also be found at sgcity.org.
Non-Conference Success: The Utes were 26-6 in non-conference play last season. Utah outhit its opponents by a .319 to .198 clip, while registering a .520 slugging percentage and reaching base at a .402 mark. The Utes were opportunistic on the bases, going for 44 steals on 54 attempts, compared to 15 steals for their opponents.
'Elli' Emerges: First baseman Katelyn Elliott (Spanish Fork, Utah) emerged as one of Utah's top hitters this season, going for a .336 average at the plate. Elliott finished second on team with a .582 slugging percentage and had 16 extra-base hits. She connected for eight home runs and 45 hits for 26 RBI. Defensively, she tied for the Pac-12 lead with a flawless 1.000 fielding percentage.
Going Through 'Hoop': Kelsi Hoopiiaina (Riverton, Utah) finished second in the Pac-12 with 16 double plays turned from her shortstop position. Hoopiiaina ranked third on the team with a .322 batting average. `Hoop' tied for third in the Pac-12 in stolen bases with 19 on 19 attempts and tied for team-high honors with 21extra-base hits (11 doubles, nine home runs and a triple). She also led the team with 41 runs scored, 16 multi-hit games and 11 doubles. She finished 2012 second on the club with 56 hits and nine home runs.
Dickman Returns for Sophomore Season: Left fielder Kate Dickman (Mission Viejo, Calif.) earned a spot on the Pac-12's All-Freshmen Honorable Mention team after ending her rookie campaign third on the team with nine doubles and fifth with seven multi-hit performances. Dickman also posted five multi-RBI games and put together a season-best six-game hit streak from Apr. 25 through May 5. She sported a .285 batting average in 2012 to go with 21 RBI.
Senior Sweet: Second baseman Jackie Sweet (Corona, Calif.) teamed with Hoopiiaina to form Utah's double-play combination as the Utes turned 23 of them, a mark which ranked third in the Pac-12's overall statistics. At the plate, Sweet hit .303 on the year and also boasted a .388 on-base percentage and a .515 slugging percentage last season.