Kristen Stewart and the Utes hit the road this week for five games at Southern Utah and No. 16/15 Stanford.
April 22, 2013
Live Stats for the Stanford Series
After earning its second consecutive Pac-12 Conference home series victory, the University of Utah softball team briefly steps out of league play for a doubleheader on Wednesday at Southern Utah. First pitch from Kathryn Berg Field in Cedar City is set for 12 p.m. MT with the second game starting approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of game one.
The Utes resume conference competition with a series at No. 17/15 Stanford, which starts Friday at 5 p.m. PT. The middle contest of the three-game set on Saturday is slated for 1 p.m. PT with Sunday's finale to begin at 1 p.m. PT.
Utah took two of three games against No. 2/3 Arizona State last weekend in Utah Softball Stadium and is now 6-12 in Pac-12 play and 21-24-1 overall. The Utes have now won each of their last two Pac-12 series at home after taking two of three from No. 15 UCLA on Apr. 6-7.
Utah Softball on the Pac-12 Networks: The Friday and Sunday games at Stanford will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks. In Salt Lake City, Pac-12 Networks is carried on Comcast. Pac-12 Mountain is channel 37, the national Pac-12 Network is channel 410 and Pac-12 Mountain HD is channel 757. Krista Blunk (PBP) and Jessica Mendoza (Analyst) will call Friday's action, while JB Long (PBP) and Ann Schatz (Analyst) will be on the call during Sunday's series finale.
In addition to the television coverage on Friday and Sunday from Stanford, fans can also follow all three games via live stats provided by Gametracker at the links below:
Stanford - Game 1
Stanford - Game 2
Stanford - Game 3
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Arizona State Series Review: The Utes won their second consecutive Pac-12 home series after taking the first two games of a three-game series last weekend against No. 2/3 Arizona State.
With a runner on second in the bottom of the eighth, freshman catcher Shelby Pacheco (Casa Granda, Ariz.) laced a walk-off double to left-center field to give Utah a 5-4 win in Friday's series opener.
With Saturday's game postponed, Utah clinched the series victory over ASU with a 6-5 win in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader. The Sun Devils were able to salvage the third game of the series by recovering from 3-1 and 4-3 deficits to claim a 6-4 victory in the second game of the day's twin bill.
Getting Ahead and Closing Strong: When getting off to fast starts this season, Utah has been difficult to defeat. The Utes hold a 12-1 record when leading after the first inning and are 14-5 when scoring in the first. On the other hand, the Utes have also closed strong and are 14-2 this year when leading after six innings.
Mariah Can Mash: Sophomore Mariah Ramirez (Hawaiian Gardens, Calif.) went 6-for-10 for a .600 batting average at the plate last weekend against ASU. Also on the mound against the Sun Devils last weekend, Ramirez posted a 3.50 ERA in 12.0 innings during three appearances. She yielded six earned runs on 14 hits with six walks and four strikeouts. Ramirez had two hits in three straight games against ASU. She went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI during Friday's series opener before going 2-for-3 with an RBI single in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader. She was 2-for-3 in the finale with another double.
Super Nieto: In three appearances on the mound last week for the Utes, freshman Kayce Nieto (Farmington Hills, Mich.) went 2-0 after allowing a total of seven earned runs on 17 hits in 12.0 innings with three strikeouts while issuing four walks. Nieto allowed four earned runs on eight hits in 5.0 innings of work during Sunday's 6-5 win over No. 2/3 Arizona State, while walking two Sun Devil hitters to improve to 7-5 this season and is now 4-0 in 2013 in home games against league opponents.
On the mound for the Utes in Friday's 5-4 victory over ASU in the series opener, Nieto threw 5.0 solid innings in her ninth start of 2013, allowing three earned runs on seven hits with a strikeout and two walks, but came away with a no-decision against the Sun Devils.
Nieto started in Utah's 14-3, six-inning victory at Utah State and allowed only two hits in 2.0 shutout innings against the Aggies, while striking out two and walking none.