Naomi Amu and the Utes take on No. 15 UCLA TODAY at 12 p.m.
April 7, 2013
After splitting yesterday's doubleheader, the University of Utah softball team closes out this weekend's three-game Pac-12 Conference set against No. 15/T-15 UCLA, TODAY at 12 p.m. MT looking for its first-ever Pac-12 series victory.
Game Coverage: If you can't make it out to the new home of the Utes, Utah Softball Stadium, for the UCLA series today, 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 both games today will also be available at utahutes.com.
The Utes won the second game of yesterday's doubleheader against the Bruins by a 7-4 score after a 6-4 loss in the first game.
After UCLA scored a run in its first at-bat of game 1, Utah responded with a three-run first inning, but could not hold the lead as a UCLA grand slam proved to be the difference.
Utah once again grabbed an early lead in game two as the Utes jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings of play. The Bruins came back with a three-run third, but the Utes were able to preserve the victory by a 7-4 score.
Kate on A Tear: Sophomore left fielder Kate Dickman (Mission Viejo, Calif.) had four hits in five at-bats in the two games yesterday, including her first two home runs of the season (one of the inside-the-park variety). Dickman drove in all four of Utah's runs in yesterday's opener during a 2-for-3 performance, including a triple and the first-ever inside-the-park home run in Utah Softball Stadium history that gave Utah a 3-1 edge. In the second game, Dickman hit another home run, this one over the right-field, fence and her fourth triple of the season. Dickman has four triples on the day now gives her nine for the season, which ties for the team lead. Her 15 extra-base hits in 2013 gave her a .528 slugging percentage, which ranks second on the squad. Dickman now has 26 career extra-base hits, while her two multi-hit games against the Bruins gave her eight for the season. She is tied for team-high honors with five multi-RBI games this year. She has 18 RBI this season and 39 over her Ute career.
Sweet Streak: With a hit in each contest, senior second baseman Jackie Sweet (Corona, Calif.) kept her team-high hit streak intact. Sweet has hit in Utah's last 12 games, which is the highest streak for the Utes in 2013.
Slammin' Stewart: Freshman third baseman Kristen Stewart (Covina, Calif.) turned in her second career multi-hit effort with a 2-for-3 day at the plate on a pair of singles up the middle of the UCLA defense. Stewart has started the last seven games at third base for the Utes.
More From Mariah: Sophomore Mariah Ramirez (Hawaiian Gardens, Calif.) did a little big of everything for the Utes in yesterday's doubleheader against UCLA. Ramirez threw the final 5.2 innings in relief during game one against the Bruins and gave up one earned run on five hits with two strikeouts and she did not yield a free pass to UCLA hitters. In the tail-end of the doubleheader, Ramirez then registered a pair of hits for her second multi-hit game of the year and she drove in her ninth run of the year, which gives her 12 for her career.