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Utah Softball Concludes Inaugural Pac-12 Season

Whitney Holm finished her Utah career third in school history with 36 homers and fourth with 134 RBI.

Whitney Holm finished her Utah career third in school history with 36 homers and fourth with 134 RBI.

May 14, 2012

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The University of Utah's softball team finished its inaugural Pac-12 Conference campaign with a 28-28 overall record and a 2-22 mark in league play.

The Utes finished with a .500 or better overall record for the second straight season, the first time Utah has had back-to-back .500 or better seasons since putting together 13 straight winning seasons from 1989 to 2001.

Whitney Goes Out With a Bang: Senior third baseman Whitney Holm (Spanish Fork, Utah) finished her Ute career with 38 homers, which stands third in school history. Also with four runs driven in during the final game, Holm ends her Ute career fourth in school history with 134 runs driven in.

Versatile `Hoop': Hoopiiaina was the Utes' top stolen base threat as she went 19-for-19 on steal attempts this season, a mark that was seventh among the Pac-12's best. She has swiped seven bags in conference play, which tied for third place in the league. Defensively from her shortstop position, Hoopiiaina is listed in the Pac-12 stats in a fifth-place tie after turning 16 double plays this year.

Hoopiiaina turned in her 14th multi-hit performance of the year, while going 2-for-3 at the plate with a sixth-inning solo home run on Tuesday against the Wolverines.

Nielson Knockouts: Generra Nielson (Blanding, Utah) was second in the Pac-12 in strikeouts this season. She finished her Utah career fourth in school history with 492 strikeouts in only two seasons with the Utes. She finished just three K's shy of trying Janet Womack (1989-92) for third place in school history.

Double Take: The Utah defense was third in the Pac-12 lead with 23 double plays turned this season.

Senior first baseman Tia Palauni (Taylorsville, Utah) was on the closing end of the 19 of those double plays, which tied for the Pac-12 lead.

Patient Palauni: Palauni finished 10th in the Pac-12 with a team-high 32 walks this season and passed Niki Hayhurst (2000-03) for the school record in career walks with 113 free passes.

Palauni also finished in an eighth-place tie among Pac-12 leaders with two triples this year and had seven over her career.



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