Senior second baseman Jackie Sweet went 3-for-4 on Tuesday at Utah Valley.
March 5, 2013
OREM, Utah - Senior second baseman Jackie Sweet went 3-for-4 at the plate and the University of Utah softball team extended its unbeaten streak to eight games after outlasting Utah Valley, 4-2, in 10 innings Tuesday at Wolverine Field.
Thanks to the victory over Utah Valley in the first extra-inning game of the season, Utah (9-6-1) has gone 7-0-1 in its last eight outings and managed to knock out 10 hits off Wolverine pitching.
All three Ute pitchers made an appearance as sophomore Mariah Ramirez picked up the victory to even her record this season to a 3-3 mark after going 1.2 innings, while not allowing a hit and striking out one Wolverine.
Junior Naomi Amu did not allow a hit in the first 3.1 innings and threw for a total of 7.0 innings, but came away with a no-decision. Freshman Kayce Nieto gave up two hits in 1.1 innings, but kept UVU off the scoreboard.
Sweet was 3-for-4 at the plate with hits in each of her final three at-bats, including a pair of singles and a double. The Corona, Calif., native now has three doubles this season.
Sophomore Marissa Mendenhall cracked her second homer of the season and the Stansbury Park, Utah native is now second on the team with 12 RBI. She also had a single in the first inning.
Junior center fielder Chalese Fankhauser had two hits as well, while sophomore left fielder Kate Dickman, sophomore designate player Mariah Ramirez and senior first baseman Katelyn Elliott turned in base hits for the Utes
Freshman catcher Shelby Pacheco drew a leadoff walk in the second inning before Elliott laid down a sacrifice bunt down the right-field base line to move Pacheco to second base.
In the fifth frame, Sweet singled in the hole to the UVU shortstop before Dickman singled to right field to put Utah runners on the corners, but the Utes were unable to push a run across.
UVU started its fifth inning with a single up the middle by Debra Lovell and Krystin Jachim reached on error before Dynasty Lauvai dropped down a sacrifice bunt to put Wolverine runners on second and third base. Amu was able to get UVU to roll into a fielder's choice to senior shortstop Kelsi Hoopiiaina, who promptly cut down the lead runner at home plate before an inning-ending strikeout to extinguish the threat.
In the sixth, Mendenhall started things for the Utes by drawing a leadoff walk before Ramirez put down a sacrifice bunt to move pinch to move pinch runner Trina Gomez to second base.
Sweet started Utah's seventh inning by lining a full-count delivery to the left-center field fence for a one-out double. Unfortunately, UVU was able to get the Utes to line out to first base The Wolverines were able to piece together three singles in the home half of the seventh frame to tie the contest at a run apiece.
Mendenhall led off the top of the eighth frame with a solo homer over the left-center field, her third round-tripper of the year, off a full-count delivery to put Utah ahead 2-1.
Utah Valley began the bottom half of the eighth frame with a single and double with no outs and was able to get a run across home plate to tie the game for the second time at two runs apiece.
Once again, UVU posted back-to-back one-out singles to start its ninth before Ramirez was able to get a strikeout and a ground out to third base to extend the game.
The international tiebreaker rule went into effect in the top of the 10th and Dickman was placed on second base. Fankhauser then drove a single to the left side to put runners on the corners for the Utes. Ramirez then lined an RBI down the right-field line that allowed Dickman to score and give Utah a 3-2 edge. Pacheco then lofted a sacrifice fly to center field to push Fankhauser in to set the margin at 4-2.
In the bottom of the 10th, Utah Valley lined to left field and Dickman snared the line drive and was able to double off the runner placed on second due to the international tiebreaker rule to clinch the victory for the Utes.
The Utes return to California next weekend for the Mayfair Classic this weekend, beginning Friday with a rematch against Idaho State at 11:30 a.m. PT.