Go Utes!
Go Utes!
Utah Takes on Southern Utah in First Home Game

Kelly Matthews was one of the Utes top hitters last weekend.

Kelly Matthews was one of the Utes top hitters last weekend.

March 10, 2008

SALT LAKE CITY - The Ute softball team opens its home schedule on Tuesday, March 11, with a doubleheader against Southern Utah. Action begins at 2 pm on Ute Field.

Last Time Out
The Utes traveled to Tempe, Ariz., playing five games at the Diamond Devil Invitational, including a contest against No. 1 Arizona State. Utah went 0-5 for the weekend.

Kara Foster led the team with a .385 batting average, including two home runs. Angie Boardman, who had Utah's lone hit against ASU, Diana Phillips and Kelly Matthews (both 3-for-4 in the second game against UC Davis) also played strong for Utah.

Ashley Smuda led the Utes in the circle, pitching 18 innings with 17 strikeouts. Brittany Parker, who pitched a strong game against ASU, made three starts and recorded 11 strikeouts.

Second Time Around
Utah faced Southern Utah back on Feb. 9, in St. George. The Utes had 11 hits in the 9-0 victory, with Kristie Keller going 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Sharee Fonoti was 1-for-3 with four RBI while Angie Boardman went 2-for-2 with two RBI and a walk.

In the circle, Ashley Smuda and Haili Squire combined for a one-hitter.

On Southern Utah
The Thunderbirds are 4-14 on the season and are in the middle of a six-game losing streak. Their last win came on Feb. 28 against Division II Dixie State.

Norian James leads the team with a .283 batting average. She has two triples, 13 hits and eight stolen bases.



Kristina Brooks is 4-11 in the circle, with a 4.61 ERA. She has 47 strikeouts on the season.

Over The Boarderline
Junior transfer Angie Boardman has four game-winning hits this season. Her most recent came against Wichita State. With the Utes down 2-1, she hit a double with two runners on base.

She also had game-winning hits against Wisconsin (2/8), Southern Utah (2/9) and Texas State. Boardman is hitting .400 (10-of-25) with runners on base this season. In addition, she had Utah's lone hit against No. 1 Arizona State.

Phillips Watch
All-West Region and three-time all-Mountain West Conference selection Diana Phillips is nearing several career marks at Utah. She hit her 12th career triple against Texas (3/2) to tie for third all-time at Utah. Her next triple will tie her for second all-time.

Her current .353 career batting average is second all-time.

In addition, Phillips has averaged over 59 hits a season in her career (198 total hits). If she continues on the same pace in 2008 she will rank among the top five at Utah in hits.

After sitting out most of the first weekend of the season due to injury, Phillips returned to the lineup at the Kajikawa Classic, batting .375 with six hits and two doubles. She improved that at the Texas Classic two weeks later, hitting .500 (8-of-16) in five games.

Rounding The Bases
Kara Foster has hit eight of the Utes' 14 home runs this year. Staci Hemingway is second on the team with three home runs.

Two Utes have hit grand slams this year. Staci Hemingway hit one against Rhode Island (2/8) while Sharee Fonoti's came vs. Southern Utah (2/9).

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