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Utah softball closes 2009 campaign

Angie Boardman was selected to the 2009 All-MWC team.

Angie Boardman was selected to the 2009 All-MWC team.

May 12, 2009

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The University of Utah softball team concluded its 2009 season with a 22-31 overall record and finished its Mountain West Conference slate with a 4-10 record.

Season Summary: Utah won seven of its first 10 games, going 3-2 at the Red Desert Classic and 4-1 at the Louisville Slugger Classic. The Utes reeled off their season-high four-game win streak at the LSC, defeating Portland State (6-1), Oregon State (2-0), Cal-State Fullerton (6-4) and UC Davis (4-3).

The Utes ended their early-season tournament schedule with two straight wins at the Chevron Spring Fling, defeating both St. John's and Wisconsin by 2-1 scores. Utah went 12-18 in its early-season tournaments before returning home to Ute Softball Field for the first time of the season and extended their win streak to three games with a 1-0 win in the first game of a doubleheader against Boise State.

Utah opened MWC play by dropping a pair of road games at New Mexico and Colorado State, but the Utes came back by sweeping a three-game set with Utah State April 6-7.

A pair of television appearances highlighted Utah's games against UNLV and San Diego State. The April 16-17 games were moved to Salt Lake Community College due to unplayable field conditions, as CBS College Sports televised Utah's 3-2 comeback win over UNLV on April 16. Junior center fielder Kara Foster (Derby, Kan.) tied the school record with her 49th career home run along the right field line with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Utes the win. Utah was shut out, 3-0, by San Diego State the following day at SLCC in a game televised by The Mtn.

Foster set the school's home run record with her 50th career round-tripper in the second game of a doubleheader at Utah Valley. The Utes split the first game 4-2 and lost the second game 6-4, April 21 at Mstar Field. The following day, Angie Boardman (Spokane, Wash.) went 5-for-7 on the day with two home runs, and five runs batted in during a doubleheader at Southern Utah, where the Utes lost the first game 8-7, but won the second, 12-10. Foster went 4-for-6 at SUU and extended her school-record home run mark to 51 with another round-tripper, three doubles and four runs scored. Sharee Fonoti (Ewa Beach, Hawaii) also was 4-for-6 at the plate, highlighted by her second home run of the season and also scored three runs.

Senior catcher Andrea Hoffman (West Valley, Utah) connected for her third career home run with two out in the top of the seventh inning on April 30 to give Utah a 3-2 win against San Diego State at the SDSU Softball Stadium.

The Utes split their season-ending doubleheaders against Colorado State and New Mexico.

Foster and Boardman Claim All-Conference Honors: Foster and Boardman were both selected to the 2009 All-MWC team as selected by the league's six head coaches, the conference office announced.

Foster earned her second career all-conference selection after hitting a league-high 18 home runs this season and ranking second with a .756 slugging percentage and total bases (124), third in runs scored (42), fourth in RBI (41), sixth in hits (56), tied for sixth in doubles (12). Foster also posted a .341 batting average, 56 hits, 14 walks, and a .401 on-base percentage.

Foster earned an all-conference nod during her sophomore season in 2008.

Boardman was selected to the All-MWC team for the first time in her career after totaling 40 hits, featuring nine round-trippers that ranked sixth in the MWC, four doubles and three stolen bases to go along with 19 RBI. Boardman, a two-year starter who transferred to Utah after earning All-American honors at North Idaho College, was voted as team captain for this season by peers after only one season in the program.

Boardman showed her versatility throughout her career after moving from third base to right field before this season. In 2008, Boardman ranked seventh in the MWC with a team-high .441 on-base percentage, ranked second on the team with 30 RBI, third on the team and 17th in the MWC with a .321 batting average. Entering today's contest, Boardman started 101 career games and hit .301 with 85 hits, including 14 doubles and 12 home runs. She drove in 49 runs and posted a .479 slugging percentage in two seasons at Utah.

Utes in the Mountain West: The Utes ended their season with a 4-10 record in conference play in 2009. Utah saw its all-time conference record dip to 304-209-1, good for a .593 winning percentage. Last season, Utah finished third in the MWC at 10-10 in league play in its first season under head coach Amy Hogue.

Utes picked fourth in MWC Preseason Poll: Utah was tabbed fourth in the 2009 MWC Preseason Poll, the conference office announced Jan. 28. The Utes tallied 14 points in the voting, picked to finish sixth in last season's voting before placing third in 2009. Utah finished fifth in the league at the end of the season.

Hemingway awarded for work in the classroom: Senior Staci Hemingway (West Valley, Utah) has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII team for the second consecutive season, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Hemingway was named to the first team after earning a second-team selection last season. The starter is hitting .292 on the year with 10 doubles, four home runs and 22 RBI. She is pursuing a Master of Science degree in Exercise and Sport Science with an emphasis on psychosocial aspects of sport, after earning a Bachelor of Science in sports management in December of 2008.

Individuals are selected through voting by CoSIDA, a 2,000-member organization consisting of sports public relations professionals for colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.

Foster named MWC Player of the Week: Foster was named the MWC Player of the Week following a 6-for-11 performance in four games against Colorado State and New Mexico, the conference announced.

Foster, a two-time all-conference selection, hit .545 with six hits in 11 at-bats while driving in six runs, including a pair of home runs against Colorado State and New Mexico May 7-9.

Foster went 3-for-6 in the doubleheader April 7 against Colorado State, including a home run while driving in a pair of runs. Foster then jolted her 53rd career home run, a grand slam, to give Utah a 4-0 lead Friday against New Mexico.

This is Foster's third career weekly award as she also won the award on April 8, 2008 and March 5, 2007. The Utes took three weekly awards this season as Whitney Holm (Spanish Fork, Utah) and Ashley Smuda (Scottsdale, Ariz.) swept the honors on Feb. 17.

Hemingway up for Lowe's Senior CLASS award: Hemingway was one of 30 candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in softball. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in these areas: classroom, character, community, and competition.

Fonoti returns to native state: Fonoti got the first chance in her Utah career to play in front of family and friends as the Utes traveled to the Chevron Spring Fling in Honolulu, Hawaii March 11-14. Utah went 2-3 on the trip with back-to-back 2-1 wins over St. John's and Wisconsin. The Ewa Beach, Hawaii, native started all five games at shortstop and had 13 assists with nine putouts.

Hoffman Breaks Homerless Streak: After hitting a home run in her first collegiate at-bat against Colorado State Feb. 10, 2006, Hoffman led off the fourth inning against the Rams on April 3, 2009, with a solo shot over the left-field wall. The home run was the second of Hoffman's career. The senior catcher from West Valley, Utah, connected for her second career home run and her first in 384 at-bats. Hoffman now has 12 RBI this season and 43 in her career.

Smuda's no-hitter: Ashley Smuda (Scottsdale, Ariz.) pitched her third-career no-hitter in Utah's home-opener on March 18 against Boise State at Ute Softball Field. The Utes took the first game, 1-0, and Smuda did not allow a hit while striking out four Broncos and walking one in seven innings as she faced 22 Boise State batters.

Ute pitchers pick up first collegiate wins: Joni Cook (Eagle, Idaho) earned her first career win with a seven-inning complete game Feb. 27 against Santa Clara. Cook faced only 25 batters and did not allow an earned run and gave up three hits with only one walk and three strikeouts.

In her first decision as a Ute, Lindsey Palmer (Stansbury Park, Utah) threw her first career complete game against Cal-State Fullerton Feb. 14, allowing four runs on six hits while striking out three and walking one. Palmer is currently 3-4 this season with wins against Kent State and Utah State.

Boardman Heats Up: Boardman was arguably Utah's most consistent offensive threat its first two MWC games of the season April 2-3 at New Mexico and Colorado State, going 4-for-8 at the plate with two hits, a run scored, and an RBI in each game, highlighted by an RBI double and a homer.

Happy Birthday!: Tia Palauni (Taylorsville, Utah) celebrated her 19th birthday on April 7 with her first career home run at Utah State, a three-run shot that helped the Utes put together a five-run first inning of the first game of the day.

Streakin': Holm had her team-high nine-game hit streak snapped April 10 against BYU. Foster ended the season with a team-best six-game hit streak. Brooke Olson (Bluffdale, Utah) had a five-game hit streak snapped April 17 against San Diego State, while two other Utes have put together five-game streaks this season.

 

 

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