Utah softball continues its 2014 season this weekend in Las Vegas at the Easton Desert Classic.
Feb. 10, 2014
The University of Utah softball team begins its 2014 campaign with five games in the Kajikawa Classic.
The University of Utah softball team continues its 2014 campaign with five more games in the Easton Desert Classic.
The Utes open the tournament with two games on Friday, Feb. 14, starting against Toledo at 11:15 a.m. PT, and then UTEP at 1:30 p.m. PT.
Utah has another doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 15, starting against Long Beach State at 1:30 p.m. PT and Seattle at 3:45 p.m. PT.
The Utes conclude the tournament on Sunday, Feb. 16, against Hawaii at 1:30 p.m. PT.
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Kajikawa Classic Review: The Utes went 2-3 last weekend at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. Utah rallied from a 6-1 first-game loss to Boise State to defeat Western Michigan, 9-1 in six innings, on Feb. 7 to open the 2014 season. Despite a late rally, the Utah softball team fell in a heartbreaker to Northwestern, 12-11, before a 10-3 win over Portland State on Feb. 8. A five-run fourth inning lifted Colorado State to an 11-5 win over Utah to close out the Kajikawa Classic on Feb. 9.
Hit to Win: The Utes came away with more hits than their opponents in both of their victories during the opening weekend.
Ute Player Notes
Kate Can Rake: Utah junior first baseman Kate Dickman (Mission Viejo, Calif.) hit .667 (12-18) for six RBI with a 1.056 slugging percentage and a .684 on-base percentage in five games to open the season at the Kajikawa Classic. Dickman only had one strikeout in 18 at-bats and also recorded 35 putouts without an error for a flawless 1.000 fielding percentage from her first-base station. After getting a base hit in the season opener against Boise State on Feb. 7, Dickman turned in four straight multi-hit games. Dickman went 3-for-4 with a double and home run for two RBI and a pair of runs scored during Utah's 9-1 six-inning victory over Western Michigan in the second game of the day on Feb. 7. Dickman recorded her second straight 3-for-4 game with a double and two RBI with two runs scored on Feb. 8 against Northwestern. She had two base hits in two at-bats versus Portland State during the second contest of the day. She registered her third 3-for-4 effort at the plate for the tournament in the Kajikawa Classic finale on Feb. 9 against Colorado State.
Castro Drives `Em In: Freshman Bridget Castro (Bellflower, Calif.) drove in a team-high nine runs during her first collegiate action last weekend at the Kajikawa Classic. She posted three straight multi-hit games. Castro exploded with a two-home run, six-RBI effort to spearhead Utah's 10-3 win over Portland State on Feb. 7. Castro hit safely in the first four games of the season, starting with a single against Boise State in the season opener on Feb. 7. Castro connected on an RBI single and hit a double during a 2-for-3 performance at the plate on Feb. 7 against Western Michigan. She then went 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored on Feb. 8 versus Northwestern and launched her first career sacrifice fly during the first inning of the Feb. 9 Colorado State.
Flippen on the Base Paths: Utah freshman second baseman Hannah Flippen (Bonita, Calif.) was 3-for-3 on stolen base attempts during her debut weekend. Flippen stole two bags in her collegiate debut against Boise State on Feb. 7 and swiped another one against Colorado State on Feb. 9. The Utes were 5-for-5 on stolen base attempts during the opening weekend. Flippen had at least one hit in all five games and hit .500 at the plate with 10 hits in 20 at-bats with two RBI and a triple.