Sandi Fawson and the Utes host No. 17/21 Arizona TODAY at 12 p.m. MT.
March 30, 2013
The Utes close out their first-ever Pac-12 Conference series in their new home, Utah Softball Stadium (102 S. Wasatch Drive), against No. 17/21 Arizona.
The Utes are 13-16-1 overall this season and 0-5 after five games of Pac-12 play.
Utah dropped a 6-5 heartbreaker in 11 innings to Arizona in the middle game of the set. In Thursday'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 today's finale of 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.
Talkin' Sweet: Senior second baseman Jackie Sweet (Corona, Calif.) cracked a three-run home run in the fourth inning of last night's game.
Sweet turned in her second multi-hit performance in the last three games with a 2-for-5 night with a season-high three RBI thanks to a three-run home run, her first round-tripper of the season, and a one-out single through the left side in the first frame.
Sweet extended her hit streak to six games and now has 10 RBI this season and has 50 over her career to go with 11 career home runs. This was also Sweet's third multi-RBI game of the year.
Kate Can Rake: Sophomore left fielder Kate Dickman (Mission Viejo, Calif.) is hitting .478 during her current team-high eight-game hit streak.
With 11 hits in 23 at-bats during this stretch, Dickman has two extra-base hits, including two doubles and two triples, for four RBI.
Dickman has had two or more hits in six games this season and she has eight hits in 16 at-bats for a team-high .500 batting average in league play. She has two doubles and a triple for three RBI against league foes.
Dickman extended her team-high hit streak to eight games with an RBI triple in the third of Friday's game to kick off the scoring, it was her second triple this season and third of her career.
In the overall stats, Dickman has 12 RBI this season and 33 for her career. She now has seven multi-hit efforts this year.
Mariah on the Mound: Sophomore right-hander Mariah Ramirez (Hawaiian Gardens, Calif.) put together an impressive 11-inning performance on the mound, allowing four earned runs on 11 hits with four strikeouts on five walks in her fourth complete-game effort of 2013.
Doubling Up: The Utes turned a season-high four double plays in Friday's 11-inning affair against Arizona.
Utah has continued to sport an opportunistic defense as the Utes have turned a league-high 27 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 22 double plays for the Utes. Sweet is tied for third in the league after helping turn 13 double plays.
Triple the Fun: Thanks to Dickman's RBI triple last night, the Utes are now tied for third in the Pac-12 with eight triples this season.
Happy Easter!: An Easter Egg Hunt with Utah Softball players on the field will follow today's `Youth Day' game, which will also feature an appearance by Swoop, poster making, pitching cage and speed gun and temporary tattoos.