Senior third baseman Whitney Holm is now tied for fourth place on Utah's all-time home run list.
Feb. 17, 2012
LAS VEGAS - Senior third baseman Whitney Holm connected for two home runs as the University of Utah softball team defeated San Jose State, 3-1, and Indiana, 7-2, Friday at Stephanie Lynn Craig Park during the first day of the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic.
Utah (4-2) has won three straight games and outscored their opponents 10-3 on the day.
Holm went 2-for-5 at the plate on the day with two home runs for a 1.600 slugging percentage to along with six RBI. Holm moved into a tie for fourth place in school history with Lyndsey Trevis (1999-2002) and Sunny Smith (1997-2000) with 33 career round-trippers. The Spanish Fork, Utah native now has 11 RBI and she surpassed the 100-RBI mark as she has now driven in 102 runs as a Ute.
Senior Generra Nielson started both games in the circle and picked up two wins to improve her record to 4-1 this season. The Blanding, Utah native allowed three earned runs on eight hits 13.0 innings to go with 20 strikeouts. She earned a 1.62 ERA on the day, while her opponents hit for a .167 batting average.
Utah def. San Jose State, 3-1
San Jose State Box Score
Holm drove in all three of Utah's three runs during a 1-for-2 effort at the plate to help the Utes pick up a 3-1 victory over San Jose State in the first game of the day.
For the first time this season, Utah's opponent struck first as SJSU got on the board with a solo home run by Cheryl Freitas over the center-field fence in the bottom of the third inning to give the Spartans a 1-0 advantage.
Holm cracked her first home run of the day, and her fourth this season, over the left-field wall to drive in Kate Dickman and give Utah the lead for good at 2-1.
Nielson recorded her third consecutive complete-game victory by going 7.0 innings and allowing one earned run on four hits. She struck out 10 Spartan hitters, while only walking one.
Utah def. Indiana, 7-2
Indiana Box Score
Eight different Utah players recorded at least one hit apiece and the Utes scored the first five runs in their first three at-bats in the first game of the day against the Hoosiers.
Junior shortstop Kelsi Hoopiiaina was the lone Ute with multiple hits in the game as she was 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored.
In the circle, Nielson did not give up a hit through the first three innings and went 6.0 innings and allowed a pair of runs on four hits. Sophomore Naomi Amu came on in the seventh inning to clinch the victory, while allowing one walk and recording a strikeout.
To start the scoring in the first inning, Cook drove in Hoopiiaina for Utah on a sacrifice fly to right field to put the Utes ahead 1-0. The run was Cook's second RBI of the season and the 20th of her career.
Sophomore center field Chalese Fankhauser started a two-out rally in the second frame with a single up the middle. Fankhauser then advanced to second with her second steal of the season and took third base after an IU throwing error. Junior Shay Wallace then came up with a clutch single to push Fankhauser across home plate for her first career RBI.
With Cook and Dickman already on base, Holm cracked a three-run homer in the third inning, her fifth of the season to put Utah up 5-0.
IU loaded the bases in the top of the fourth frame with no outs, but Utah was able to limit the damage as the first Hoosier hitter grounded into a fielder's choice to Hoopiiaina, then Nielson was able to get a swinging strikeout. IU finally got on the scoreboard with a single through the right side of the Utah defense for IU's first two runs of the contest. Nielson then ended the frame with a strikeout looking.
The Utes tacked on a pair of runs in their half of the sixth frame, starting with a pair of freshmen taking their first career at-bats. Susan Duke drew a walk and Mariah Ramirez slapped a single to right field. Jackie Sweet hit into a fielder's choice that allowed Sandi Bowles to score and then Sweet tallied Utah's final run after an RBI double by Hoopiiaina.
Utah takes on Portland State tomorrow at 11:15 a.m. PT.