The Utes host Utah State TODAY at 4 p.m.
March 28, 2012
Listen Live to Wednesday's Game Against Utah State!
The University of Utah softball team returns to Ute Softball Field this afternoon to host Utah State.
The Utes are 21-8 overall this season and 0-3 in Pac-12 Conference play after suffering three straight losses at third-ranked Washington in their first-ever Pac-12 series last weekend in Seattle.
Utah is currently in its longest losing stretch of the season, a three-game skid.
Home Cooking: In their last appearance at home, Utah swept a doubleheader from Southern Utah by a combined score of 26-5 (8-3, 18-2 (5 innings)) on Mar. 28 in its home opener at Ute Softball Field.
The Utes held a 30-14 advantage in hits over the Thunderbirds and registered a 1.052 slugging percentage as a team.
Utah tied the school record with six round-trippers in the second contest, which is a Pac-12 single-game high, and combined for eight in the doubleheader.
Error Free: The first game at Washington was Utah's fourth consecutive game without being charged an error.
The Utes went 3-1 in those contests and are 7-3 this season when not committing a miscue in the field.
Nielson Notes: Senior right-hander Generra Nielson (Blanding, Utah) is second in the NCAA and leads the Pac-12 with 191 strikeouts this season and is 55 ahead of California's Jolene Henderson. She also leads the league with 44 hitters struck out looking.
Nielson ranks among the top 10 in the Pac-12 in several other categories: second in innings pitched (128.2), tied for third (and 11th in the NCAA) in wins (15), sixth in ERA (1.36), and in opponent batting average (.181).
Scouting Utah State (9-19, 1-2 WAC)
For only the second time in program history, Utah State won its Western Athletic Conference season opener last Friday against Louisiana Tech, 4-0, in Ruston, La.
Utah State defeated Saint Joseph's on Mar. 4, 4-3, in its last game of the San Diego Classic I to snap a nine-game losing skid.
The Aggies are 1-7 in road contests this season.
Christine Thomsen and Kelley Kaneshiro are both hitting over .380 this season. Thomsen owns a team-high .388 batting average with three homers and 10 RBI, while Kaneshiro is hitting .385 with 12 RBI and three homers. Lindsey Marquez has driven in a team-high 13 RBI.