The Utes host in-state rival Utah Valley TODAY at 4 p.m.
May 8, 2012
Listen Live to Today's Game Against Utah Valley!
The University of Utah softball team hosts Utah Valley in its final non-conference game of the regular season today at 4 p.m. MT at Ute Field.
Utah is looking to snap a four-game losing streak and stands an even 26-26 overall this season and 1-20 in Pac-12 Conference play.
Follow the Utes: The play-by-play call and live stats for today's game against UVU will be available at utahutes.com (direct links above). For behind the scenes updates from the team, be sure to `Like' Utah Softball on Facebook.
Touch `Em All Elly: Utah junior outfielder Katelyn Elliott (Spanish Fork, Utah) led the way by tying the school's single-game record with three home runs for three RBI in Sunday's finale against the Sun Devils. Elliott joins two others in Utah softball history who have hit three home runs in a single game: Lyndsey Trevis versus Massachusetts on Mar. 10, 2001 and Niki Hayhurst against Colorado State on Apr. 1, 2001.
Elliott hit for a .625 average with five hits in eight at-bats for three RBI in a three-game series last weekend at No. 2 Arizona State.
With three home runs last week against ASU, Elliott exploded for a 1.875 slugging percentage and registered a .625 on-base percentage.
Sweet's Power Surge: Utah junior second baseman Jackie Sweet (Corona, Calif.) clubbed two home runs last weekend against the Sun Devils for two RBI. Sweet knocked a 1-2 delivery over the center field fence for Utah's lone score of Friday's contest. She then swatted a 2-2 delivery for a two-run homer to left field to spark Utah's three-run first inning during Sunday's series finale.
Nielson Knockouts: Utah senior right-hander Generra Nielson (Blanding, Utah) leads the Pac-12 in strikeouts with 268 this season, which is 30 ahead of California's Jolene Henderson for league-high honors. Nielson also leads the league with 45 appearances in the circle. Nielson stands second in the conference with 66 struck out looking, third with 215.1 innings pitched, tied for fourth with 19 wins Nielson has 466 strikeouts during her two-year Utah career and now needs just three more strikeouts to tie Meghan Dyer (2006-07) for fourth place on school's all-time strikeout list.
Versatile `Hoop': Junior shortstop Kelsi Hoopiiaina (Riverton, Utah) is tied for team-high honors with 19 extra-base hits in 2012, with 11 doubles, seven home runs and a triple. Hoopiiaina has been the Utes' top stolen base threat throughout the season as she is 17-of-17 on steal attempts, a mark that ranks fifth among the Pac-12's best. Defensively from her shortstop position, Hoopiiaina is listed in the Pac-12 stats in a second-place tie with Sweet after turning 15 double plays this year.