Naomi Amu and the Utes take on No. 2/3 Arizona State in a doubleheader TODAY at Utah Softball Stadium.
April 21, 2013
Live Audio for the Arizona State Doubleheader
The Utes came away with a 5-4 victory over the Sun Devils in eight innings during Friday night's series opener to improve to 20-23-1 overall and 5-11 in Pac-12 play.
Game Coverage: As always, Gavin McCallister will have the play-by-play call at utahutes.com. so tune in if you can't make it out to Utah Softball Stadium this afternoon. Fans can also follow tomorrow's action via live stats provided by Gametracker at the link below:
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Down the Stretch They Come: With a runner on second in the bottom of the eighth on Friday, freshman catcher Shelby Pacheco (Casa Granda, Ariz.) laced a walk-off double to left-center field to give the Utes the win in the opener.
In the bottom of the eighth, sophomore Shelbi Everett (Cottonwood Heights, Utah) reached on a fielder's choice with one out. ASU was able to get a strikeout for the second out of the frame, but Everett was able to advance to second base after a passed ball. Pacheco then struck her fifth double of the season over the heads of the drawn-in Sun Devil outfielders.
The Utes trailed 4-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh, but got on the board in a hurry when sophomores Marissa Mendenhall (Stansbury Park, Utah) and Mariah Ramirez (Hawaiian Gardens, Calif.) hit back-to-back doubles to bring Utah within a run. Sweet then roped a single to left field that allowed pinch runner Shay Shaum (Ogden, Utah) to score the equalizer.
Working Overtime: The Utes are 2-2 in extra-inning games this season. Before Friday's win over the Sun Devils in eight innings, Utah also earned a 4-2 victory at Utah Valley in 10 innings on Mar. 5 in Orem.
Getting Ahead and Closing Strong: When getting off to fast starts this season, Utah has been difficult to defeat. The Utes hold an 11-1 record when leading after the first inning.
On the other hand, the Utes have also closed strong and are 13-1 this year when leading after six innings.
Make Yourself at Home: The Utes have won three consecutive and four of their last five games against Pac-12 foes in their new home, Utah Softball Stadium. Utah has gone 4-3 in its first seven Pac-12 home games and owns a 5-5 record overall at home.
Sweet is hitting .576 within the friendly confines of USS after going 19-of-33 with three doubles, two home runs, and two triples for a .970 slugging percentage and 12 RBI.
Sophomore left fielder Kate Dickman (Mission Viejo, Calif.) is hitting .440 at the plate during home games with 11 hits in 25 official at-bats, including four triples, two home runs and a double for 10 RBI. She is also currently on a team-high 11-game hit streak.
Overall this season, Dickman is hitting .465 with runners in scoring position, including 20 hits in 43 at-bats.
Freshman pitcher Kayce Nieto (Farmington Hills, Mich.) is 3-0 at home with a 2.82 ERA with two complete games.
Hitmakers: Utah has registered more hits than its opponents in 16 contests this season. The Utes sport a 13-3 record when coming up with more hits than their foes, including a 3-1 mark in that situation during league play.
Sweet Gets Aboard Safely: Sweet had her team-high 15-game streak snapped Apr. 13 at Oregon State, but drew a walk to keep her team-high reached base streak intact, which currently stands at 20.