Sophomore Mariah Ramirez had two hits in two at-bats during Friday's series opener at No. 17/15 Stanford.
April 26, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. - Sophomore Mariah Ramirez went 2-for-2 at the plate for her seventh multi-hit effort of the 2013 season, but the University of Utah softball team fell to No. 17/15 Stanford 8-0 in six innings on Friday in the opening contest of a three-game Pac-12 Conference series at the Smith Family Softball Stadium.
Utah (23-25-1, 6-13 Pac-12) was led offensively by Ramirez, who doubled down the left-field line in the second inning and singled to right. The Hawaiian Gardens, Calif., native now has seven games with two or more hits this season to go with six doubles.
Sophomore left fielder Kate Dickman extended her current team-high hit streak to 16 games with a single through the left side of the Stanford defense in the sixth.
Junior center fielder Chalese Fankhauser singled as well and now has hits in Utah's last three games. She also reached base twice after drawing a walk to lead off the second inning.
Freshman pitcher Kayce Nieto went 3.1 innings in her 25th appearance of the season. She allowed three earned runs on nine hits to go with a pair of strikeouts, while not issuing a single walk to Cardinal hitters. She was dealt the loss in the pitching decision and now 7-6 on the year.
Junior Naomi Amu came on in relief for 2.0 innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits.
Despite a spectacular catch against the left-field fence by Dickman for the second out of the frame, Stanford got out to a 1-0 lead after the first frame.
Fankhauser drew a leadoff walk in the second before Ramirez ripped a two-out double down the left-field line, but unfortunately Fankhauser was thrown out at home plate after a nice relay throw from Stanford left fielder Leah White. The Cardinal then put seven runs on the board in its final three at-bats to put the `run rule' into effect.
No. 17/15 Stanford (30-16, 7-9 Pac-12) was led by a 3-for-5, three-RBI effort by leadoff hitter Hannah Winter. Teagan Gerhart picked up the win after allowing four hits and a walk to improve to 17-8 this year.
The series continues with the middle game tomorrow at 1 p.m. PT, while Sunday's series finale will be televised live by the Pac-12 Networks. JB Long will have the play-by-play call, while Ann Schatz will provide the color analysis.