Taylor Austin and the Utes head to Honolulu for the Chevron Spring Fling Tournament this week.
March 11, 2013
Utah begins the Chevron Spring Fling Tournament with two games on Wednesday against Syracuse (4 p.m. HT) and the host No. 21/21 Rainbow Wahine (6 p.m. HT).
The Utes then have a single game against the No. 20/17 Baylor Bears at 2 p.m. HT on Thursday before tournament play among the five-team pool (including No. 6/6 California) will decide Utah's opponents for two games on Sat., Mar. 16.
Although opponents and games are still to be determined, be sure to check back at utahutes.com to find out who the Utes will face on Mar. 16.
Live stats for each game of the tournament can be found at hawaiiathletics.com.
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The Streak Goes On: Utah has gone 11-0-1 in its last 12 games and has not lost since Feb. 16. Over this stretch, the Utes have outscored their opponents 66 to 23 and have held a .299 batting average at the plate, compared to a .245 clip for their opponents.
Checking In With Pacheco: Utah freshman catcher Shelby Pacheco (Casa Granda, Ariz.) hit the first three home runs of her career for a total of 10 RBI last weekend at the Mayfair Classic. Pacheco hit .400 with six hits in 15 at-bats to go with a 1.000 slugging percentage as well as a .412 on-base percentage.
Pacheco exploded for five RBI on two hits in the Mayfair Classic on Sunday against Bethune-Cookman, an 8-0 five-inning victory for the Utes. She hit a grand slam in the second inning off a 3-0 pitch for her third round-tripper in two days.
Pacheco was equally as impressive behind the plate defensively for the Utes as she threw out all three opponent base runners who attempted to steal a base against Utah at the Mayfair Classic. One of the victims, Idaho State's Katelyn Marquez, was thrown out for the first time this season and is now 9-of-10 on stolen base attempts.
`Boogie' Digs In: Junior pitcher Naomi Amu (Oceanside, Calif.), known to her teammates as `Boogie', only allowed one earned run in 23.0 innings of work with a pair of complete games at the Mayfair Classic.
Amu scattered 16 hits and struck out 12 opponent hitters and picked up three victories in four appearances last weekend and has now won six straight decisions on the mound. She now owns a 7-2 overall record in 2013.