Junior outfielder Chalese Fankhauser is 10th in the Pac-12 with a .417 batting average.
Feb. 18, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - Thee University of Utah softball team travels to Palm Springs, Calif., for five games in the Mary Nutter Classic this weekend at the Big League Dreams Park.
The Utes open the weekend with a single game on Friday against former Mountain West Conference foe Colorado State at the Des Moines Field of the Big League Dreams Park, starting at 10:30 a.m. PT.
Utah then has a doubleheader on Saturday at Pawtucket Field, beginning at 10 a.m. PT against LIU Brooklyn before taking on Nevada at 3 p.m. PT.
The Utes wrap up the event with two more games on Sunday, including a 9 a.m. PT tilt against Ohio State a 2 p.m. PT matchup against Cal Poly.
Live Stats: Live stats can be viewed by following the `Gametracker' links listed above or on the right-hand side of the softball schedule page at utahutes.com. More information on the 2013 Mary Nutter Classic can be found at palmspringssoftballclassic.com.
Easton Desert Classic Review: Utah won both games on Sunday at UNLV's Eller Media Stadium, starting with a 3-1 win over Long Beach State and closing with a decisive 14-6 win in five innings over the home-standing Rebels. The Utes outscored their foes on the day by a 17-7 margin.
Unfortunately, the Utes did get off to a slow start in the tournament after suffering a 9-8 loss to Idaho State and a 10-0 loss in five innings to Seattle on Friday before falling to Cal State Fullerton, 8-0, in five innings on Saturday.
Boogie Down: Utah's junior pitcher Naomi Amu (Oceanside, Calif.) highlighted the defensive struggle in Utah's 3-1 win over Long Beach State on Sunday in Las Vegas as she registered her best start of the year to this point.
Amu did not yield an earned run and only five hits to LBSU, while striking out two and walking two 49ers. It was her third complete-game effort of the season and picked up the win in the decision to even her record at 2-2.
Amu started Utah's second game on Sunday against host UNLV and pitched an inning to the Rebels, allowing one earned run on three hits. Amu saved her best performance for the plate versus UNLV as she cracked a pinch hit grand slam, which was her first homer of the year and the third of her career, to give Utah an 11-2 edge.
Checking In: Utah freshman catcher Shelby Pacheco (Casa Granda, Ariz.) hit .667 with six hits in nine official at-bats and a .700 and 1.111 slugging percentage last weekend at the Easton Desert Classic in Las Vegas, which were the first hits of her Ute career.
Hit Parade: Utah turned in a Pac-12 season high 19 hits on Sunday at UNLV. The Utes' 14 runs against the Rebels set their new season-high mark.
Hoop in the Field: Utah's senior Kelsi Hoopiiaina (Riverton, Utah) leads the league with 38 assists this season. Last weekend at the Easton Desert Classic, Hoopiiaina hit .385 at the plate, which included a double and home run, with six RBI and three runs scored.