The Utes open up Utah Softball Stadium TONIGHT at 6 p.m. against Utah Valley.
March 26, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utes begin play in their new facility, Utah Softball Stadium (102 S. Wasatch Drive) tonight at 6 p.m. MT against Utah Valley.
Utah is 13-13-1 this season, while UVU enters with a 16-11 mark.
Game Coverage: If you can't make it out for the inaugural game in the home of the Utes, the voice of Utah softball, Gavin McCallister, returns for his third season on the play-by-play call, which can be found at utahutes.com. The live stats for tonight's game will also be available at utahutes.com.
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New Digs: Utah Softball Stadium (102 S. Wasatch Drive) will begin hosting the Utes and their Pac-12 competition during the 2013 campaign, while the permanent building around the field is constructed.
When the stadium structure around the field is completed, the new facility will provide an excellent environment for student-athletes, coaches and fans. Night games will become a reality, as the stadium will be illuminated by six banks of permanent lights.
It will feature an indoor batting area for the Utes, as well as outdoor batting and pitching cages for both teams. Dugouts will be equipped with restrooms and an athletic training room will also be located on the premises.
The dimensions of the playing field will be 235' to center field and 225' down the right and left field line, with a grass berm behind the outfield fence.
The capacity at Utah Softball Stadium will be 900, including armchair seats covered by a canopy, as well as bleacher seating. Temporary bleacher seating in left field will enable Utah to bid to host NCAA Tournaments.
The site will also include a permanent building housing concessions and restrooms.
For the Greater Good: The Utes are second in the Pac-12 with 21 sacrifice bunts this season, which is only one behind league leader Oregon State.
Junior center fielder Chalese Fankhauser (South Jordan, Utah) leads the team and is tied for fourth in the Pac-12 with five sacrifice bunts this season.
Kate Can Rake: Sophomore left fielder Kate Dickman (Mission Viejo, Calif.) hit .556 in Utah's series at No. 6/5 California during the first weekend of Pac-12 play. She was 5-for-9 at the plate with a double and an RBI, while registering two multi-hit performances and extending her current team-best hit streak to five games.
Dickman went 2-for-3 in the series opener at Cal on Friday at Levine-Fricke Field with a pair of singles before a 2-for-4 effort with an RBI single in the middle game of the three-game set on Saturday. In Sunday's finale, Dickman ripped her seventh double of the season to left field, which was also the 16th of her career.
Nieto on the Mound: Freshman Kayce Nieto (Farmington Hills, Mich.) made her first career start against Pac-12 competition last Sunday at No. 6/5 California.
Nieto yielded three earned runs on seven hits in 6.0 innings to go along with a strikeout and four walks against the Golden Bears. She was dealt the loss in Utah's 4-1 defeat and she is now 2-4 in pitching decisions.
This season, Nieto has appeared in 13 games with three starts and boasts a 3.22 ERA. She has thrown two complete games during her rookie campaign and has 19 strikeouts against only seven walks in 37.0 innings of work.