Jackie Sweet and the Utes head to Oregon and host UCLA in a busy six-game week of Pac-12 Conference action.
April 1, 2013
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SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah softball team has an action-packed six-game week ahead with a pair of Pac-12 Conference series this week, at No. 10/9 Oregon and at home against No. 15/T-15 UCLA.
The Utes take on the Ducks in Eugene, starting with a 3 p.m. PT doubleheader on Tuesday, followed by an 11:30 p.m. PT single game on Wednesday.
Utah then hosts the Bruins for a three-game set over the weekend, starting with a 1 p.m. MT doubleheader on Saturday before Sunday's finale at 12 p.m. MT.
Saturday will be the annual Power of Pink game! Join the team in wearing PINK to promote Cancer Awareness! Get to the game early for pink give-a-ways supporting community-wide cancer awareness, and a ceremonial first pitch by Kathy Howa by Swing for Life. Admission is always free.
An 8-4 victory for the Utes over No. 17/21 Arizona on Saturday improved Utah's record to 14-16-1 overall and 1-5 in Pac-12 play.
If you can't make it out to the new home of the Utes, Utah Softball Stadium, for the UCLA series on Saturday and Sunday, 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.
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It Takes Two: An opportunistic Ute defense that turned six double plays, four of which came in Friday's 11-inning game against No. 17/21 Arizona. That mark set a new school single-game record with four double plays and tied three others for second place in NCAA history (Fresno State against Pacific (11 inn.) on Feb. 28, 1989; Arkansas against Alabama on Mar. 21, 1999; UAB vs. Saint Louis on May 10, 2001). The NCAA record is five turned by Alabama vs. Texas on May 17, 1999.
The school single-season record is 43, which was set by the 1989 edition of the Utes and ranks third in NCAA history. The Utes have already turned 27 double plays this season. The minimum to get listed in the NCAA record book is 34.
How Sweet It Is: Utah's senior second baseman Jackie Sweet (Corona, Calif.) led the Ute offense with a team-high .500 batting average (minimum five at-bats) last week after going 7-for-14 at the plate without a strikeout and three extra-base hits, including her first two home runs of the season. Sweet also drove in a team-best six runs and drew three walks to increase her on-base percentage to .588.
In the field, Sweet was an integral part as he boasted a flawless 1.000 fielding percentage with 14 assists on 14 putouts from her second base post.
Sweet has hit safely in seven straight games, which is just one game shy of tying Dickman for the longest such streak this season. She has five games this season with two or more hits and boasts four games with at least two RBI this season.
After drawing a walk and hitting a single in Thursday's series opener against No. 17/21 Arizona, Sweet went 4-for-8 with six RBI, two home runs and a double in the final two games versus the Wildcats.