Jackie Sweet and the Utes went 6-6 in Pac-12 play at home in 2013.
May 13, 2013
Pac-12 Success at Home: The Utes ended 6-6 in Pac-12 games during their inaugural season in Utah Softball Stadium, including series victories against No. 15/T-15 UCLA and No. 2/3 Arizona State. Utah hit .309 in league home contests and outslugged its Pac-12 opponents (.508 to .467) at home, while on-base percentage was equal at .380. Three Utes hit over .350 in the 12 conference home games.
Arizona State Series Victory: The Utes won their second consecutive Pac-12 home series after taking the first two games of a three-game series Apr. 19-21 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 the Apr. 19 series opener.
Utah clinched the series victory over ASU with a 6-5 win in the first game of an Apr. 21 doubleheader. Sophomore Mariah Ramirez (Hawaiian Gardens, Calif.) went 6-for-10 for a .600 batting average at the plate last weekend against ASU. On the mound against the Sun Devils, 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 the Apr. 19 series opener before going 2-for-3 with an RBI single in the first game of the Apr. 21 doubleheader. She was 2-for-3 in the finale with another double. During the first game of the series against the Sun Devils on Apr. 19, Ramirez picked up the win and gave up one earned run on three hits in 3.0 innings, while walking only one Sun Devil hitter. In 2.0 innings during game 1 of the Apr. 21 twin bill, she allowed only one hit and one walk with two strikeouts during Utah's 6-5 victory to clinch the series victory.
UCLA Series Win: After being edged 6-4 by UCLA in the series opener on Apr. 6 (which doubled as the first game of a doubleheader), Utah went on to take the second game of the day, 7-4. The Utes then won the series finale, 8-3, on Apr. 7 to secure their first-ever series victory in Pac-12 play. It was also the first time in school history that Utah won back-to-back Pac-12 games.
Sweet Named Pac-12 Player of the Week: Sweet became the first Ute to ever earn Pac-12 Player of the Week honors on Apr. 8. Sweet led Utah with a .550 batting average against UCLA, which included two doubles, a triple and home run for a .900 slugging percentage, on 11 hits in 20 at-bats for five RBI. She also turned in a .571 on-base percentage in addition to a stolen base. In the field, Sweet registered a flawless 1.000 fielding percentage with 14 assists and 13 putouts from her second-base post.
Kate Connects: Kate Dickman (Mission Viejo, Calif.) tied Utah's single-game record with seven RBI, including a pair of home runs, to lead Utah to its first-ever Pac-12 road victory on Apr. 13 at Oregon State by an 11-2 score.
12-Game Unbeaten Streak: Utah went 11-0-1 in 12 games from Feb. 16-Mar. 10. Over this stretch, the Utes outscored their opponents 66 to 23 and held a .299 batting average at the plate, compared to a .245 clip for their opponents.
Turn Two: Forty-two double plays for the Utes this season not only leads the NCAA and the Pac-12, but is the fourth-most in a single season in NCAA history. Utah's school single-season record is 43 in 1989, which ranks third in NCAA history.