Senior Shay Shaum and the Utes host No. 13/13 Washington this weekend at Utah Softball Stadium.
April 29, 2013
Did U Know: Featuring Utah Softball
Live Stats for the Washington Series
The University of Utah softball team will look to cap its Pac-12 Conference season on a high note this weekend against No. 13/12 Washington. The series at Utah Softball Stadium opens Friday at 6 p.m. MT with the middle game coming Saturday at 1 p.m. MT, followed the finale on Sunday at 12 p.m. MT.
The Utes dropped all three games of their series at No. 17/15 Stanford last weekend, beginning on Friday by an 8-0 score in six innings before falling 12-0 in five innings on Saturday and a 9-1 defeat in five frames on Sunday. Utah is 23-27-1 overall and holds a 6-15 record in Pac-12 play.
Upcoming Promotions: Friday's game will feature Alumni Night. Former Utes will be honored and a postgame celebration will follow the series opener.
During Saturday's game, former Ute ace Generra Nielson will be presented the Occie Evans Award Postgame autograph session after the middle game of the series.
Utah's home regular-season finale on Sunday will be highlighted by Senior Day.
The program will honor its five seniors who will be playing for the final time at home: Kelsi Hoopiiaina (Riverton, Utah), Sandi Fawson (Herriman, Utah), Shay Shaum (Ogden, Utah), Katelyn Elliott (Spanish Fork, Utah) and Jackie Sweet (Corona, Calif.).
Washington Series Coverage: Just in case you can't make it out to Utah Softball Stadium this weekend, listen to the action at stretchinternet.com as the Voice of Utah Softball, Gavin McCallister, will have the play-by-play call for all three games against the Huskies.
Home Base: The Utes are 6-6 overall in their inaugural season in Utah Softball Stadium with a 5-4 mark against Pac-12 foes, including series victories against No. 15/T-15 UCLA and No. 2/3 Arizona State.
Utah is outhitting (.313 to .294) and outslugging its league opponents (.525 to .450) at home, while holding a .376 to .346 edge in on-base percentage. Three Utes are hitting over .400 in the nine conference home games.
Sweet owns a .452 batting average with two homers, two doubles and a triple for 11 RBI and a .774 slugging percentage.
Junior Chalese Fankhauser (South Jordan, Utah) is hitting .424 with two triples, a double and homer for six RBI and a .667 slugging percentage.
Sophomore Mariah Ramirez (Hawaiian Gardens, Calif.) registers a .407 average at the plate with four doubles for three RBI.
Sophomore left fielder Kate Dickman (Mission Viejo, Calif.) is just under .400 with a .393 clip with 10 RBI off three triples, two homers and two doubles.
Freshman Kayce Nieto (Farmington Hills, Mich.) is 4-0 against Pac-12 opponents at him during her debut season for the Utes. Nieto owns a 3.35 ERA in 31.1 innings through six appearances with a pair of complete games.
Turn Two: Forty double plays for the Utes this season not only leads the NCAA and the Pac-12, but is already tied for the fourth-most in a single season in NCAA history.
Georgia Tech also turned 40 double plays in 2006 and 1990, along with Rider in 1989.
Utah's school single-season record is 43 in 1989, which ranks third in NCAA history.