Chalese Fankhauser had a triple and double Saturday against Seattle.
Feb. 9, 2013
ST. GEORGE, Utah - Junior center fielder Chalese Fankhauser went 2-for-3 at the plate with one RBI, but the University of Utah softball team lost a 6-3 decision to Seattle on Saturday in its third game of the Red Desert Classic on Saturday at the Canyons Complex.
Utah (2-1) was led by Fankhauser, who hit her second double of the season and the eighth of her career to go with her third career triple, her first season The South Jordan, Utah native has two RBI over her career and 42 for her career.
Four other Utes had hits, including senior second baseman Jackie Sweet's 13th career double and singles by junior third baseman Taylor Austin, and sophomore outfielders Kate Dickman and Marissa Mendenhall.
Sophomore Mariah Ramirez made her second start of the season and went 5.2 innings, allowing two earned runs on seven hits while striking out a pair. Junior Naomi Amu was dealt the loss in the decision after giving up three earned runs on four hits in 0.2 innings. Freshman Kayce Nieto made her Ute debut as she threw the final 0.2 innings against the Red Hawks where she yielded one hit.
There were a pair of ties in the final two innings in the back-and-forth affair as Austin popped a single to left field then moved to second baseman after a sacrifice bunt by senior catcher Shay Shaum before Fankhauser lined a double off the left-center field fence to open the scoring.
The Redhawks countered with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth frame, but the Utes regained their lead as Sweet came up with a clutch two-out double to left field to drive Mendenhall across the plate for Utah's second score of the game. Unfortunately, Seattle (2-1) was able to push across four runs in its half of the seventh frame to take the victory.
The Utes conclude their Red Desert Classic schedule with a doubleheader tomorrow starting against Arkansas at 10 a.m. MT, and Nevada at 1:30 p.m. MT. Live stats will be provided by Gametracker at utahutes.com.