Chalese Hadley and the Utah softball team enjoys a week off before heading to the San Diego Classic, Feb. 28-Mar. 2.
Feb. 18, 2014
After taking a week off from game action, the University of Utah softball team heads west for five more games in the San Diego Classic Feb. 28-Mar. 2.
The Utes open the tournament with two games on Friday, Feb. 28 at the USD Softball Complex, starting with a rematch against Colorado State at 9 a.m. PT, and then San Diego at 2 p.m. PT.
Utah has another doubleheader on Saturday, Mar. 1 at SDSU Stadium, starting against No. 2 Tennessee at 2 p.m. PT and San Diego State at 3:45 p.m. PT.
The Utes conclude the tournament on Sunday, Mar. 2, against Lehigh at 11:30 a.m. PT.
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Easton Desert Classic Review: The Utes went 4-1 Feb. 14-16 at the Easton Desert Classic in Las Vegas.
Flippen Hitting: Utah freshman second baseman Hannah Flippen (Bonita, Calif.) hit .368 at the plate at the Easton Desert Classic in Las Vegas last weekend. Flippen also posted an .895 slugging percentage with a team-best three homers and also scored eight times with seven hits.
Flippen drilled a three-run homer as part of Utah's six-run fourth inning on Saturday against Seattle after coming up with a pair of hits in the Utes' eight-run first inning earlier in the day against Long Beach State.
She homered and singled to drive in two runs during Utah's 8-3 victory over Toledo on Friday in the tournament opener and crushed a two-run homer against Hawaii on Sunday in the tournament finale.
Through 10 games of her freshman campaign, Flippen is tied for third in the Pac-12 Conference with 17 hits and 13 runs scored and listed seventh with 23 assists. She is hitting .436 with three homers and 11 RBI for a .744 slugging percentage. She is also 3-for-3 on stolen base attempts.
Cordova on the Mound: Freshman Sammy Cordova (Huntington Beach, Calif.) went 2-0 with a 2.15 ERA in 13.0 innings last week at the Easton Desert Classic in Las Vegas. Cordova struck out a total of seven against only five walks.
Kate in the Clutch: Utah junior first baseman Kate Dickman (Mission Viejo, Calif.) leads the Pac-12 with a .595 batting average this season, including a conference-high 22 hits. She also leads the league in triples, remains tied for the lead with 36 total bases, and ranks seventh with a .605 on-base percentage.
2 Out, No Problem: The Utes have been successful in clutch situations at the plate early on this season, hitting .361 with two outs and 32 of their 65 RBI have come in that situation as well.
Let's Turn 2: After leading the Pac-12 and finishing second in the nation in double plays in 2013, the Utes are back at it this season. Utah's defense has already converted nine double plays through 10 games.