The Utes host No. 15/17 Stanford in the middle game of their Pac-12 series TODAY at 4 p.m.
May 11, 2012
Listen Live to Today's Game Against No. 15/17 Stanford!
The University of Utah softball team hosts No. 15/17 Stanford TODAY at 4 p.m. MT at Ute Field in the middle game of the final Pac-12 Conference series of the year.
Utah has won two of its last three Pac-12 home games after taking a 6-0 victory over Stanford in yesterday's season opener.
The Utes stand 28-26 overall this season and are 2-20 in Pac-12 play.
Follow the Utes: The play-by-play call and live stats for today's game against No. 15/17 Stanford 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.
Game 1 Review: Senior right-hander Generra Nielson (Blanding, Utah) pitched a four-hit shutout and junior shortstop Kelsi Hoopiiana (Riverton, Utah) homered for the second straight game to lead Utah to yesterday's win over Stanford.
Hit to Win: The Utes managed to outhit the Cardinal yesterday, 9-4.
Utah improved to 24-1 this season when registering more hits than their opponents.
Hoopiiaina and senior third baseman Whitney Holm (Spanish Fork, Utah) both had two hits in the ballgame to bolster the Ute offense.
Hannah Ignites:Senior Hannah Clements (Poway, Calif.) rapped her sixth extra-base hit of the season in the second frame of yesterday's game, a two-run double that ignited the Ute bats. She now has three multi-RBI outings this year.
Nielson Rating: In 7.0 innings of work, Nielson did not give up an earned run and allowed only four hits while striking out eight, compared to just three walks.
Nielson now has three complete-game shutout victories this season and six over her career as a Ute. She finished the game strong by getting two Stanford hitters to strike out looking in the top of the seventh. The Cardinal failed to advance a runner to third base the entire game and were only able to get runners to second base on three occasions against Nielson.
With eight more strikeouts on the day, Nielson pushed her school single-season record total to 288 and now has 486 over her career, which is nine shy of tying Janet Womack (1989-92) for third place in school history. She needs to average five strikeouts per game the next two days against Stanford to overtake Womack.
Flashing Some Leather: The defense behind Nielson was impressive as well as Utah turned in its 19th error-free performance as they had 27 chances on the day and were not charged with an error. The Utes have a 10-9 record this season when not recording an error. Freshman Kate Dickman (Mission Viejo, Calif.) set the tone early by making a diving catch in center field to rob Stanford's Ashley Hansen of a hit for the second out in the top of the first.