Senior Generra Nielson threw the 25th no-hitter in school history during Monday's 2-1 win in the first game of a doubleheader against Colgate.
March 12, 2012
FT. MYERS, Fla. - Senior right-hander Generra Nielson threw the second no-hitter of her Ute career and senior outfielder Hannah Clements went 3-for-4 at the plate, to lead the University of Utah softball team to 2-1 and 8-0 victories (5 innings) over Colgate Monday in a doubleheader at the Florida Gulf Coast University Softball Complex.
Utah (19-5) outscored Colgate 10-1 on the day and gained a 14-3 advantage in hits. The Utes went 4-2 during their spring break trip to Fort Myers, Fla.
Senior right-hander Generra Nielson picked up the win in both decisions. She did not give up an earned run and only yielded one hit in 9.0 innings, while fanning 18. Her no-hitter in the first game of the day was the second no-hitter of her Utah career, and the 25th in school history, that pushed her record to 14-4 this season and 35-16 during her career as a Ute.
Clements cracked two doubles and a single with a pair of RBI in the two games against the Raiders. The Poway, Calif., native now has four RBI this season and 46 over her career.
Game 1: Utah def. Colgate, 2-1
Clements was the lone Ute with multiple hits as she had two hits in her two at-bats in the game, including the game-winning RBI, which was her fifth run driven in this season. Tia Palauni, Katelyn Elliott, Taylor Austin, Jackie Sweet, and Marissa Mendenhall each had a hit for the Utes as well.
The Utes came up with a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to pull out a 2-1 victory. Elliott started things by connecting for a single through the third-base side. Taylor Austin entered the game as a pinch runner and advanced to second base after a groundout then went to third after a Sweet single. Mendenhall drove in Austin for the game-tying run for her eighth RBI of the season. Clements then stepped up to complete the comeback by driving a 2-1 delivery through the left-center field gap to score Sweet and give the Utes a 2-1 walk-off victory.
Colgate got on the board in the fifth frame when Jennifer Ortega reached on a Ute throwing error then advanced to second base as Utah catcher Shay Wallace made a diving catch in foul territory. Ortega then stole third base and was able to score after a wild pitch.
Utah put together a threat in the bottom of the frame, beginning with Mendenhall reaching on an errant throw by the Colgate shortstop with one out in the inning. Sandi Bowles entered the game as a pinch runner and took second base after a sacrifice bunt by Clements. Bowles advanced to third after a Raider wild pitch, but unfortunately, Colgate was able to get a fly out to center field to end the inning.
Game 2: Utah def. Colgate, 8-0 (5 innings)
Eight different Utes had one hit apiece in the second game of the day as Utah outhit Colgate, 8-3.
Nielson went 2.0 innings in her 19th start of the season and allowed only one hit to go with a pair of strikeouts. Freshman Mariah Ramirez pitched the third and fourth innings and only gave up one hit, while striking out one Raider hitter. Sophomore pitcher Naomi Amu closed the game by striking out the side in the fifth inning.
After a scoreless first inning, Kate Dickman led off the second by singling past the Colgate shortstop before Clements ripped a full-count pitch for another RBI double to left-center field.
Utah blew the game open with a six-run third inning as Kelsi Hoopiiaina knocked a single through the left side of the Raider defense and then beat a throw to second base on a fielder's choice hit by Palauni to put runners at first and second base. Holm loaded the bases with a single up the middle before an errant throw during the Colgate shortstop's attempt to cut down Hoopiiaina at home plate after a ground ball hit by Elliott. Dickman kept the pressure on the Raiders with a line drive sacrifice fly to left field to score Palauni then Mendenhall drilled another RBI single up the middle of the CU defense and a second miscue by the Colgate defense allowed Elliott to come across home plate. Sweet closed the inning by belting her third homer of the year, a two-run shot over the left field wall, to give Utah a 7-0 lead. Sweet, a Corona, Calif., native has 12 RBI this year to go with her three round-trippers. She has six homers over her career and has 23 RBI.
The Utes added a run in the fourth to put the run rule into effect when freshman catcher Desaray Akins drew a leadoff walk and scored after Palauni looped a one-out double down the left-field line on a 3-1 pitch for her sixth run driven in this year.
Freshman Susan Duke wrapped her first career hit in the top of the fifth, a double to right-center field.
Utah is set to open its home schedule next Wednesday, Mar. 21 against Southern Utah at Ute Softball Field.