Lisa Hashimoto and the
Utes head to Fort Collins.
April 7, 1998
Utah at Colorado State
April 10 * Ram Field * Fort Collins, Colo. * 1:00 p.m. (MDT)
April 11 * Ram Field * Fort Collins, Colo. * 1:00 p.m. (MDT)
THIS-WEEK: Utah (22-13, 9-5 WAC) continues its Western Athletic Conference schedule at Colorado State (16-16, 2-8 WAC) on Friday and Saturday. Doubleheaders begin both days at 1:00 p.m. (MDT) at Ram Field in Fort Collins, Colo.
SCOUTING-COLORADO-STATE: The Rams are 16-16 overall and in ninth place in the Western Athletic Conference with a 2-8 record. Last weekend, CSU split a two-game series with San Diego State, winning 7-0 and losing 3-0. All-American shortstop Sarah Fredstrom ranks fourth in the WAC in hitting with a .402 batting average. She also has six home runs, seven doubles and 24 RBI. Second-team All-American second baseman Jennifer Buford is 12th in the conference in hitting with a .355 average. Kyla Kiester leads the pitching staff with a 5-5 record and a 2.52 ERA. Head coach Candi Letts has a 144-101-1 in her fifth season with the Rams.
NEXT-WEEK: Utah has a busy week with six games scheduled in four days. The Utes play a doubleheader at Utah State on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. Utah then opens its home schedule with twin bills against UNLV on Friday at 1:00 p.m. and New Mexico on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Ute Field.
UTAH BATTING ORDER: Pos. No. Player B/T Yr. Hometown (Previous School) 1B 8 Sandy Rhea L/L Sr. South Jordan, Utah (Bingham HS) LF 3 Lisa Hashimoto L/R So. Brigham City, Utah (Box Elder HS) SS 39 Nicole Wikinson R/R So. Sandy, Utah (Louisiana State) CF 4 Jenny Monson R/R So. South Jordan, Utah (Bingham HS) DH/P 10 Sarah Farnworth R/R Fr. Upland, Calif. (Upland HS) C 32 Sunny Smith R/R So. Pleasant Grove, Utah 2B 18 Carrie Kosderka R/R Fr. Roseburg, Ore. (Roseburg HS) 3B 7 Stacey Farnworth R/R Fr. Upland, Calif. (Upland HS) DP 21 Amberly Johnson L/R Fr. Sandy, Utah (Alta HS)
PITCHING ROTATION: Pos. No. Name B/T Yr. Hometown (Previous School) (1) 10 Sarah Farnworth R/R Fr. Upland, Calif. (Upland HS) (2) 24 Kristin Arbogast R/R Fr. Eugene, Ore. (North Eugene HS) (3) 23 Jamie Wilkes R/R Jr. Garden Grove, Calif. (Cypress JC)
OFF THE BENCH: Pos. No. Name B/T Yr. Hometown (Previous School) 2B 12 Stacy Holmes L/R So. Sandy, Utah (Ricks JC) DP 13 Kellie Culligan R/R Sr. Sandy, Utah (Southern Utah)
AGAINST-TULSA: Utah split a four-game series at Tulsa last Friday and Saturday. Freshmen Kristin Arbogast and Sarah Farnworth pitched Utah to a doubleheader sweep over Tulsa, 6-1 and 7-0, on Friday night at Broken Arrow Field. Farnworth threw the entire seven innings and struck out three in the opener. The Utes, who outhit the Golden Hurricane 12-5, jumped out with a run in the first and three in the second. Jenny Monson, who went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, belted her third home run of the season in the fifth inning. Farnworth helped her own cause at the plate by going 3-for-4 with a run scored. Tulsa got its only run in the bottom of the seventh.
The Utes cruised through game two as well, sandwiching three runs in the second between two runs in both the first and third innings. Monson, who got her second homer of the night in the third inning, went 1-for-3 with two runs scored. Arbogast held Tulsa scoreless in the first three innings. Jamie Wilkes came in to relieve Arbogast to start the fourth inning, scattering three hits over four innings.
Tulsa rallied late in both games to sweep a Western Athletic Conference doubleheader from Utah on Saturday at Broken Arrow Field. The Golden Hurricane took the opener 4-1. Monson drove in Nicole Wilkinson in the top of the sixth for the Utes' only run. Tulsa then rallied for four runs off of Ute starter Farnworth in the bottom of the sixth. Farnworth fell to 12-7 with the loss.
After Tulsa scored two runs in the bottom of the second in the night cap, Utah came back to post a run each in the third and fourth innings to draw even at 2-2. The Golden Hurricane then scored a run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to win the series finale 3-2. Arbogast went the distance for the Utes on the mound, giving up just one earned run thanks to three Utah errors. Arbogast fell to 6-5 with the loss.
HEAD-COACH-MONA-STEVENS... is in her second season as Utah's head coach. Stevens owns a 66-30 overall record and a 31-15 mark against Western Athletic Conference teams. In her first season, Stevens led Utah to the NCAA-Tournament and a third-place finish in the WAC. This past summer, Stevens coached the USA-Softball National Team to the gold medal at the Pan Am Games qualifying tournament. She is one of the nine coaches that will form the USA-Softball National Team coaches pool through the 2000 Summer Games.
The former Ute player and assistant coach came home in September of 1996 following a two-year stint at the University of Massachusetts. Stevens was the associate head coach for the Minutewomen during the 1995 and '96 seasons, and was named UMass' head coach last June, three months prior to being hired by her alma mater. In each of her two seasons at UMass, Stevens helped the Minutewomen reach the NCAA Tournament and win the Atlantic-10 Conference regular-season and tournament championships. UMass posted a 78-37-1 combined record and a .667 overall winning percentage during Stevens' tenure.
Stevens began her coaching career as an assistant at Utah from 1981-84. In addition to her collegiate coaching portfolio, Stevens has been a nationally recognized pitching instructor over the past 13 years. She has also worked internationally, and was the owner of Mona Stevens Enterprises from 1989-94.
QUOTING-STEVENS: On the Tulsa series - "We learned a valuable lesson last weekend. We played so well on Friday and dominated them so much that we went out too loose and assumed too much on Saturday. We're a young team. We need to realize that if you kick a team one day, that team will come back and play you twice as hard the next day. The first day we were awesome. Jenny Monson hit two home runs that were just shots. The second day, we weren't doing as well offensively and put a lot of pressure on ourselves defensively. No question, Tulsa is a better team this year, but I thought that we still had more talent."
On playing Colorado State - "Last weekend was a good time for us to learn the lesson about playing teams on back to back days because that's what we're going to go through again this weekend. I don't care what the difference is in Colorado State's record between this year and last year. They still have two All-Americans at the middle infield positions and they will be tough to beat at home. We need to regroup and get our game back together the way it was when we were playing in Georgia."
WAC-RANKINGS: In the Western Athletic Conference statistical rankings released on April 7, Utah ranked fourth in team hitting (.279), third in ERA (1.94) and seventh in fielding percentage (.945).
Sandy Rhea ranks seventh in the WAC in hitting (.368), seventh in hits (43), fourth in runs scored (32), sixth in doubles (7), first in stolen bases (24-for-25) and tied for second in triples (4). Jenny Monson is 18th in the league in hitting (.330), fifth in home runs (4), sixth in RBI (24), tied for second in triples (4), fourth in stolen bases (8-for-10) and seventh in slugging percentage (.536). Sunny Smith is sixth in the conference in doubles (7). Sarah Farnworth is seventh in the WAC in ERA (1.53), second in wins (12), ninth in strikeouts (52), first in innings pitched (137.2), first in complete games (15) and fourth in appearances (24). Jamie Wilkes is fourth in the conference in ERA (1.28)
RHEA-ON-THE-MOVE: Senior outfielder Sandy Rhea, a first-team All-American last season by the NFCA, already broke both the Utah and Western Athletic Conference career records for stolen bases last season. Rhea has 120 career steals, bettering the mark of former Ute Amy (Timmel) Hogue, who has 70. Rhea also broke Hogue's Utah and WAC single-season stolen base mark of 33 with 46 thefts last year. She also tied the Utah single-game record with three stolen bases in three games this year. With her first triple of the 1998 season, Rhea tied Jo Evans' career mark of 13 set 1979-82. She now has 16 triples. Rhea has also become Utah career leader in runs scored this season with 160. She is second at Utah in career batting average (.349) and doubles (39). She is second all-time in the WAC in career triples (16), and third in career runs scored (160).