Chalese Fankhauser's three-run homer put the 'run rule' into effect for the Utes during the first game of their doubleheader against Weber State.
April 10, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - Senior second baseman Jackie Sweet had five hits on the day and junior center fielder Chalese Fankhauser hit a walk-off three-run homer to clinch the game one victory as the University of Utah softball team split a non-conference doubleheader with Weber State on Wednesday at Utah Softball Stadium. The Utes took the opener 11-2 in five innings, but lost a 6-1 decision in the nightcap.
Utah (17-21-1, 3-9 Pac-12) turned in a .429 on-base percentage between the two games, compared to a .357 mark for Weber State. The Utes reached base at a .660 slugging percentage on the day, while the Wildcats turned in a .396 clip.
Sweet went 5-for-5 on the day with two RBI to extend her team-high hit streak to 15 games. The Corona, Calif., native has had multiple hits in 10 games this year, which ranks second on the team, as well as six games with multiple RBI, which leads the team.
Fankhauser drove in three runs during the doubleheader and also recorded two hits and scored three times, including a walk-off, three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth during game one that gave the Utes an 11-2 victory. The South Jordan, Utah native has two multi-RBI performances this season. She has hit four homers this season as well as 14 RBI.
Sophomore Marissa Mendenhall had three hits on the day, including her third homer of the season and the fifth of her career. The Stansbury Park, Utah native has now driven in 17 runs this season.
Freshman third baseman Kristen Stewart connected on her second round-tripper of the year and has now driven in six runs during her debut campaign with the Utes.
In Utah's third straight victory, Fankhauser had two hits in three at-bats with three RBI and three runs scored in the opener of the doubleheader.
Sweet went 3-for-3 with two RBI in the first game, while senior first baseman Katelyn Elliott registered two RBI, which was the first multi-RBI game of the year for the Spanish Fork, Utah native.
Sophomore pitcher Mariah Ramirez went 3.0 innings and came away with the win to improve to 5-7 this season. She did not allow an earned run and only gave up one hit without issuing a walk.
Junior Naomi Amu came on in relief to throw the final 2.0 innings, allowing one earned run on four hits with a walk and a pair of strikeouts.
The Ute offense exploded for six runs in the first as Fankhauser drew a leadoff walk and Sweet tripled to left field for Utah's first run. Sweet crossed home plate after a Wildcat passed ball to put Utah ahead 2-0. Stewart then dropped down a sacrifice bunt and Mendenhall drew another walk before two more Utah scores reached home plate after an errant throw on a fielder's choice on a ball hit by Ramirez. Elliott then lofted a perfectly placed base hit between WSU's second baseman and left fielder to push two more Ute scores across.
Sweet led off the second frame with a single to left field for her second hit of the contest and Mendenhall put the Utes on the board again by lining a solo homer to center field to start Utah's third frame, her third homer of the year and the fifth of her career, to give the home team a 7-0 lead.
Weber State scored its first run of the contest in the fourth inning, but Fankhauser tripled off the top of the right-center field fence to start the Ute response and eventually crossed home plate after Sweet slapped an RBI single to shallow center field.
Between offensive outbursts, the Utes were also making plays defensively as well. In the top half of the fifth inning, junior Trina Gomez made a nice sliding grab in left field on a shallow ball hit by Weber State's Alyson Kulp for the first out of the frame.
The Wildcats did add another run in their half of the fifth, but Utah responded swiftly. Amu drew a leadoff walk before sophomore Kendal Bergman doubled to left-center field to put Ute runners on second and third base before Fankhauser cleared the bases by clocking a walk-off three-run homer to put the run-rule in effect with one out in the bottom of the fifth.
Game 2: Weber State 6, Utah 1
Ramirez got the ball again to start the second game and threw 5.2 innings, allowing six earned runs on 13 hits to go with a season-high six strikeouts without a walk. Unfortunately, the Hawaiian Gardens, Calif., native had to take the loss and fell to 5-8 this season.
Sweet went 2-for-2 in the nightcap, while Mendenhall registered a 2-for3 effort.
Everett wrapped a single to left field in the third and Fankhauser drew a two-out walk, but the Utes were unable to push runs across the board.
After Weber State scored twice in the third, Stewart wrapped her first career home run over the right-center field gap for Utah's first score of the contest. Stewart, a Covina, Calif., native now has six RBI this season.
A four-run sixth for Weber State clinched the victory and set the final margin at 6-1 in favor of the Wildcats.
The Utes resume Pac-12 Conference play this weekend this weekend at Oregon State. The series starts Friday at 3 p.m. PT with live TV coverage provided by the Pac-12 Networks with Anne Marie Anderson (PBP) and Tammy Blackburn (Analyst) calling the action.