Kelsi Hoopiiaina hit her second homer of the year Friday against Idaho State.
Feb. 15, 2013
LAS VEGAS - Freshman catcher Shelby Pacheco went 4-for-5 at the plate with two RBI, but the University of Utah softball team lost to Idaho State (9-8) and Seattle (10-0 in five innings) on Friday during the first day of the of the Easton Desert Classic on Field 2 at Stephanie Lynn Craig Park.
Utah (2-5) was led by Pacheco, who hit a double and triple for a total of seven bases on the day. It was the first extra-base hits and runs driven in for the Casa Granda, Ariz., native in her Utah career.
Idaho State 9, Utah 8
Hoopiiaina went 3-for-4 at the plate with four RBI against Idaho State in the first game of the day. Pacheco also had three hits to go with two RBI against the Bengals, while both freshman Kristen Stewart and junior outfielder Chalese Fankhauser turned in two hits apiece.
On the mound, sophomore starter Mariah Ramirez made her fourth start of the season pitched 4.0 innings and allowed eight earned runs on eight hits with a pair of strikeouts and a walk. Unfortunately, Ramirez fell to 1-2 in pitching decisions this season. Freshman Kayce Nieto threw the final three innings and allowed one earned run while striking out two and allowing one base on balls.
Utah pushed across three runs in its second turn at-bat as senior first baseman Katelyn Elliott singled up the middle and senior Sandi Fawson was inserted into the lineup to pinch run before Fankhauser ripped a double off the right-center field fence to put Utes on second and third base. Pacheco lined her first career triple down the right-field line for the first two RBI of her career and give Utah a 2-1 advantage. Senior second baseman Jackie Sweet kept the momentum going by dropping down a sacrifice bunt right in front of home plate and Pacheco was able to beat the flip of the ISU third baseman to its catcher for the Utes' third score of the contest. Sweet now has five RBI this season.
The Bengals led off the third inning with a double through the right-center field gap by Katee Wiley before Becky Molyneaux legged out a single to the left side of the infield to put Bengal runners on the corners. A single by Vicky Galasso up the middle of the Ute defense tied the game for the first time at three runs apiece and another Fitzsimmons homer, this time a two-run shot to right field, gave the Bengals a 5-3 edge.
Fankhauser launched a two-out triple off the center-field wall in the bottom of the third and Stewart roped a single to shallow center field for her first career RBI and to cut Utah's deficit to one run, 5-4.
Maddy Hickman came up with ISU's third homer of the game to center field to put the Bengals ahead, 6-4.
Pacheco and Sweet led off Utah's half of the fourth frame with back-to-back singles up the middle of the Bengal defense and Hoopiiaina cleared the bases with her second home run of the season, a three-run shot to center field, to put Utah ahead, 7-6, before an out was recorded in the inning.
Junior third baseman Taylor Austin continued the rally with a double down the left-field line and sophomore Kate Dickman followed with a single to put runners on the corners once again, while Fankhauser drew a walk to load the bases. Unfortunately, the Utes grounded into a fielder's choice to end the threat.
The Bengals put together consecutive singles in their fifth at-bat before Fitzsimmons tagged her third home run of the contest to give ISU the lead once again, 9-7.
Fankhauser drew a walk to start the seventh inning and Stewart dropped a perfectly-placed single between ISU's right-fielder and second baseman and Pacheco looped a single up the middle to load the bases with Naomi Amu slapping a pinch hit up the middle to push Utah's eighth run of the contest across the plate.
Seattle 10, Utah 0 (5 inn.)
Freshman Kayce Nieto made her first career start for the Utes in the second game of the day against the Red Hawks and in 2.0 innings of work, yielded three earned runs on eight hits, but was settled with the loss in the decision. Amu made her first appearance of the day on the mound and in 2.0 innings, she gave up three earned runs on five hits.
Four different Utes --- Dickman, Stewart, Elliott and Pacheco --- were each credited with a hit apiece against Seattle.
Seattle got on top early with an unearned run off a pair of singles to take an early 1-0 edge and would jump out to a 10-0 advantage after posting back-to-back three-run innings and a four-run effort in the third.
Pacheco started the third frame with a rope of a double to left field, Utah's first hit of the contest, before Dickman singled to left field, but unfortunately, Pacheco was thrown out at third base to end the threat.
Stewart knocked a two-out single to left field in the fourth inning and Elliott singled to the right side, but Seattle was able to get the third out of the frame unscathed.
The Utes continue Easton Desert Classic action with a single game tomorrow against Cal State Fullerton at 3:45 p.m. PT. Follow along with live stats on Gametracker at utahutes.com.