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Utes Open Season at Red Desert Classic

Diana Phillips is nearing several career records at Utah.

Diana Phillips is nearing several career records at Utah.

Feb. 5, 2008

SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah softball team opens its season this weekend at the Red Desert Classic, held in St. George at the Canyon Softball Complex. The Utes open the tournament against Wisconsin on Friday, Feb. 8 at 1:30 p.m., and continue through Sunday, Feb. 10.

The Competition at a Glance
Friday, Feb. 8
Wisconsin (1:30 p.m.): The Badgers return five starters from last year's 27-20 team that finished ninth in the Big Ten. Top players include catcher Joey Daniels and pitcher Letty Olivarez.

Rhode Island (4 p.m.): Rhode Island finished last year 10-35, 11th in the Atlantic-10. Catcher Melissa Wilson hit .286 last season with eight doubles. Pitcher Jill Anderson had 61 strikeouts on the mound.

Saturday, Feb. 9
Southern Utah (11 a.m.): The first of several meetings between the two schools this season, the Thunderbirds are the five-time Mid-Continent Conference champions. Lindi Kennedy batted .364 with a team-best 15 home runs last year while Kristina Brooks recorded 16 wins on the mound.

Idaho State (4 p.m.): Idaho State went 10-32 last season. Heather Dixon led the Bengals in batting with a .312 average, hitting 12 home runs. Pitcher Lindsay Boughton tallied seven wins last year.

Sunday, Feb. 10
Northern Colorado (11 a.m.): The Bears finished last year 12-34 and return three starters from that team. Right fielder Jessica Schoepflin is the team's top returning hitter, batting .293.

Phillips Watch
All-West Region and three-time all-Mountain West Conference selection Diana Phillips is nearing several career marks at Utah. Her current .353 batting average is second all-time. She has 11 career triples and needs just one more to tie for third all-time.

In addition, Phillips has averaged over 59 hits a season in her career (179 total hits). If she continues on the same pace in 2008 she will rank among the top five at Utah in hits.



Hogue Begins First Season as Head Coach
Former Ute player and All-American second baseman Amy (Timmel) Hogue returns to Utah for her first season as head coach. In garnering All-America accolades, she hit .455, had 101 hits, 222 at bats and 55 runs scored. All of those numbers still stand as the school's top marks for a single season. Hogue also holds season records for triples (7) and runs scored (55). She led both the 1991 and 1994 squads to the College World Series.

After serving as an assistant coach at Utah from 1996-99, she served as the head coach at Salt Lake Community College from 1999-04.

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