Joni Cook and the Utes host Utah Valley TODAY at 3 p.m.
April 19, 2010
The University of Utah softball team will begin its season-long nine-game homestand with a single game Monday against Utah Valley. First pitch from Ute Softball Field is slated for 3 p.m.
Last Time Out: Utah went 2-1 in the second weekend of conference play, suffering an 8-0 loss in five innings at Colorado State on Thursday but bounced back with two run-rule wins at New Mexico by a combined score of 19-3 (10-2 and 9-1).
For the second consecutive week, sophomore third baseman Whitney Holm (Spanish Fork, Utah) was Utah's leading hitter, posting a .571 average by going 4-for-7 with two doubles and one triple with four runs scored.
Schedule Change: Utah's doubleheader against Utah State at Ute Softball Field has been postponed. The Utes will play the Aggies in a doubleheader Monday, April 26 at 2 p.m.
Foster Nears MWC Home Run Record: Kara Foster (Derby, Kan.) extended her school home run record to 60 with a two-run homer Saturday at New Mexico. Foster is now one home run shy of tying BYU's Oli Keohohou's (2001-03) conference record of 61 career home runs.
Designated Player Notebook: Although she is normally in the Utah pitching rotation, sophomore Joni Cook (Eagle, Idaho) was inserted into the Ute lineup as a designated player during both games at New Mexico.
The move paid off for the Utes as Cook went 4-for-6 with five RBI, including a pair of two-hit games and a three-RBI performance on Friday against the Lobos.
Scouting Utah Valley
Utah Valley (19-19, 5-3 PCSC): The Wolverines split a four-game Pacific Coast Softball Conference series with Portland State last weekend and has won six of its last 10 games. Meghan Woodworth leads seven Wolverines with 10 starts or more with a .410 average. Mandy Tapia and Shaylyn Varney are hitting .395 followed by Cherylyn McGraw (.369), Amanda Perez (.352), Megan Gardner (.317) and Jessica Anderson (.301). Perez leads the team in doubles (10), homers (8) and RBIs (32). Utah owns a 14-2 edge in the all-time series with Utah Valley.