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Utah Softball Sweeps First Day of Red Desert Classic

Kate Dickman had four hits and three RBI on Friday at the Red Desert Classic.

Kate Dickman had four hits and three RBI on Friday at the Red Desert Classic.

Feb. 8, 2013

ST. GEORGE, Utah - Sophomore outfielder Kate Dickman went 4-for-8 with three RBI to lead the University of Utah softball team to a pair of victories, over South Dakota and Loyola Marymount, on Friday at the Red Desert Classic at the Canyons Softball Complex.

The Utes defeated South Dakota, 8-4, in the season opener and then went on to take a victory over Loyola Marymount, 9-3, in the second contest of the day.

Dickman, a Mission Viejo, Calif., native had a team-high four hits in eight at-bats and also tied for team-high honors with three RBI. She now has 45 career hits with 24 RBI over her career.

Senior shortstop Kelsi Hoopiiaina turned in three hits on the day, including her 18th career home run, while scoring five runs and driving in two runs to go with a pair of stolen bases. The Riverton, Utah native now has 26 career steals.

Senior first baseman Katelyn Elliott also had three hits to go with three runs scored.

On the mound, both Mariah Ramirez and Naomi Amu picked up victories in the day's pitching decisions. Amu threw 10.0 innings between the two games, allowing a pair of earned runs on nine hits and a pair of strikeouts, including her eight career complete game.

Utah def. South Dakota, 8-4

The Utes exploded for five runs in the first frame, off a wild pitch, three-base error and four walks. Utah got the scoring started and benefitted from a three-run error by the Coyote first baseman off a ground ball hit by sophomore Shelbi Everett. Jackie Sweet then forced in a run after drawing a walk before Everett crossed the plate on a wild pitch.

 

 

Hoopiiaina then hammered her 18th career homer over the center-field wall off a 2-1 delivery.

South Dakota countered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third frame, starting with a single run in the bottom of the third with a single run to left-center field for the Coyotes' first run of the game. Three more runs for the Coyotes would conclude SDU's scoring for the afternoon.

Ramirez picked up her first win of the season, and the fourth of her career, after allowing only one earned run on five hits with a strikeout over four innings of work. Amu came on to finish the game and put together 3.0 shutout innings, while giving up three strikeouts and turning in a strikeout.

Utah def. Loyola Marymount, 9-3

The Lions (2-1) scored three runs in the top of the first inning, but that would be the end of LMU's scoring for the evening.

Utah started its comeback chipping away at its deficit in the bottom of the first when Marissa Mendenhall started a two-out rally with a double to left-center field. Sweet got aboard after an error by the LMU third baseman that allowed Mendenhall to punch in the Utes' first run of the contest.

Junior Trina Gomez started Utah's three-run third frame by slapping a single past the Lion third baseman before stealing second base. Hoopiiaina knocked an RBI single up the middle to score Gomez. Dickman singled to the left side to push Hoopiiaina to third base before Hoopiiaina scored on another LMU wild pitch. Dickman passed home plate after Mendenhall scorched a single up the middle of the defense.

Freshman Shelby Pacheco made her first career start behind the plate for the Utes.

The Utes have a single game against Seattle tomorrow at 4 p.m., before concluding Red Desert Classic action with a doubleheader on Sunday where Utah will play Arkansas at 10 a.m., and Nevada at 1:30 p.m.

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