Shelbi Everett and the Utes take on sixth-ranked Arizona State this weekend in Tempe.
April 9, 2014
No. 6 Arizona State Series Information
Game 1: Utah Utes (16-16, 3-8 Pac-12) at No. 6 Arizona State Sun Devils (35-6, 9-3 Pac-12)
Date: Thursday, Apr. 10
First Pitch: 7 p.m. PT
Location: Tempe, Ariz.
Stadium: Farrington Stadium (1,535)
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The University of Utah softball team continues its Pac-12 Conference schedule at No. 6 Arizona State in Tempe over the weekend.
Game one of the series at No. 6 Arizona State will be Thursday, Apr. 10 at 7 p.m. PT before the middle game on Friday, Apr. 11 at 5 p.m. PT and the finale on Saturday, Apr. 12 will begin at 12 p.m. PT.
The Utes are 16-16 overall with a 3-8 mark in Pac-12 play after sweeping a doubleheader at Weber State on Apr. 8.
Utah took two of three from Oregon State last weekend in Salt Lake City for their first league series win of the year on Apr. 4-6.
No. 6 Arizona State is 35-6 overall with a 9-3 mark against league foes. The Sun Devils have won eight of their last nine contests. ASU is 26-4 at Farrington Stadium this season.
Live Coverage: The first two games of the Arizona State series on Thursday, Apr. 10 and Friday, Apr. 11 will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks with Jim Watson (PBP) and Amanda Freed (Analyst) calling the action. Live stats of all three games at ASU will be available at thesundevils.com.
Weber State Doubleheader Recap: Utah earned a doubleheader sweep by scores of 9-2 and 9-4 at Weber State on Apr. 8 at Wildcat Softball Stadium in Ogden, Utah. Utah had a 22-14 edge in hits as the Utes outscored the Wildcats 18-6 on the day. Junior left fielder Kate Dickman (Mission Viejo, Calif.) went 4-for-10 at the plate between the two games with four driven in. Senior center fielder Chalese Hadley (South Jordan, Utah) had three with three runs scored and one run driven in.
Taking Two: Utah's defense leads the Pac-12 this season after converting 27 double plays through 32 games. The Utes set a new season high with three double plays in the first game of the Apr. 8 twin bill at Weber State. Freshman first baseman Bridget Castro (Bellflower, Calif.) leads the Pac-12 after being on the closing end of 20 double plays in 2014. Castro is followed closely by her classmates, shortstop Anissa Urtez (Long Beach, Calif.) and second baseman Hannah Flippen (Bonita, Calif.). Flippen is second with 15 turned, while Castro is third with 14.
Bashing Bridget: Castro is tied for fourth in the Pac-12 with four sacrifice flies this season and she ranks second on the squad with 25 RBI.
Cordova Pitches In: Freshman right-hander Sammy Cordova (Huntington Beach, Calif.) threw four innings and allowed two earned runs on five hits with a strikeout and three walks in her ninth start of the season to improve to 7-3 on the season after picking up the win in the decision during the first game of the Weber State doubleheader.
Kate at the Plate: Dickman is 10th in the Pac-12 with a .417 batting average through 32 games. She is tied for fourth in the league with 11 doubles and tied for fourth in the league with a team-high total of 48 hits. The 2013 Pac-12 All-Conference Second Team selection is tied for the team lead with 15 extra-base hits (11 doubles, two triples and two home runs), tied for the team lead with 28 runs scored and is third with 24 RBI.
Flip Can Hit: Flippen ranks second on the Ute roster with a .411 batting average.
Urtez Urges on the Utes: Urtez is tied for second in the Pac-12 with three triples this season and currently owns team-high honors with 26 RBI.
Nieto Makes Noise: Sophomore Kayce Nieto (Farmington Hills, Mich.) is eighth in the Pac-12 with 99.0 innings pitched this season. Nieto turned in her seventh complete-game performance of the season during the second game of the Weber State doubleheader, giving up four earned runs on seven hits to go with three strikeouts without a walk improve her record to 8-10.