Utah's game on Saturday against Arizona will be played at 12 p.m. MT.
March 29, 2013
The University of Utah softball team's Saturday game against Arizona has been moved to 12 p.m. MT., the team announced. An Easter Egg Hunt with Utah Softball players on the field will follow the 'Youth Day' game, which will also feature an appearance by Swoop, poster making, pitching cage and speed gun and temporary tattoos.
The Utes continue their first-ever Pac-12 Conference series in their new home, Utah Softball Stadium (102 S. Wasatch Drive), TONIGHT at 6 p.m. MT against No. 17/21 Arizona.
The Utes are 13-15-1 overall this season and 0-4 after four games of Pac-12 play. In last night's series opener, Utah totaled 11 hits, but could not avoid a 6-4 loss to the Wildcats.
Game Coverage: If you can't make it out for the inaugural Pac-12 series 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.
The Big Cheese: Junior center fielder Chalese Fankhauser (South Jordan, Utah), nicknamed `Cheese', went 3-for-3 with an RBI from the leadoff spot last night to lead the Utah offense last night.
Fankhauser led off the game with her third triple of the season to left-center field (and the fifth of her career). She then scored Utah's first run of the game off an illegal pitch. She is now tied for fourth in the Pac-12 in triples.
Fankhauser then struck a two-out single up the middle of the Arizona defense in the fourth before singling to left in the sixth.
Fankhauser is tied for eighth in the Pac-12 with a .462 batting average through four games of conference play and has 24 hits this season for six RBI. She is now third on the team with six multi-hit efforts in 2013.
Powering Through Hoops: Senior shortstop Kelsi Hoopiiaina (Riverton, Utah) had two hits in three at-bats in the opener against the Wildcats with and RBI and two runs scored.
Hoopiiaina has had two or more hits in 10 of Utah's games this season. She doubled down the right-field line in the third against Arizona before crushing her fifth home run of the season over the left-field fence.
Hoopiiaina is tied for the Pac-12 lead with nine doubles this year. She now has19 runs driven in this year and 95 for her career to go along with 22 career round-trippers. She also has 95 career extra-base hits to her credit.
Buggin': Marissa Mendenhall (Stansbury Park, Utah), known as `Bug' to her teammates, was the third Ute to manage multiple hits against Arizona after putting together a 2-for-3 effort. Mendenhall is second on the squad with seven multi-hit performances this season.
Kate Can Rake: Sophomore left fielder Kate Dickman (Mission Viejo, Calif.) is hitting .450 during her current team-high seven-game hit streak with nine hits in 20 at-bats, including a double and triple for three RBI. She has had two or more hits in five games this season. Dickman is tied for eighth in the Pac-12 along with Fankhauser with a .462 batting average at the plate against conference competition.
Doubling Up: Utah has continued to sport an opportunistic defense as the Utes have turned a league-high 23 double plays this season. Arizona State is second with 19 entering tonight's games.
Senior first baseman Katelyn Elliott (Spanish Fork, Utah) leads the Pac-12 after being involved in 20 double plays for the Utes. Senior second baseman Jackie Sweet (Corona, Calif.) is tied for third in the league after helping turn 11 double plays and Hoopiiaina is fifth with 10.
Triple the Fun: Thanks to Fankhauser's leadoff triple last night, the Utes are now tied for third with seven triples this season.