Senior third baseman Whitney Holm hit two homers in Saturday's regular-season finale against No. 15/17 Stanford.
May 12, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - In her last game at Ute Field, senior third baseman Whitney Holm connected on a pair of homers, but the University of Utah softball team came up short against No. 15/17 Stanford in its regular season finale on Saturday, 12-9.
There were four lead changes during the game as Utah (28-28, 2-22 Pac-12) pounded eight hits on the day, led by a 3-for-4 effort, four-RBI effort by Holm, who cracked her ninth and 10th homers of the year. The Spanish Fork, Utah native had 38 homers over her career, which stands third in school history. Holm ends her Ute career fourth in school history with 133 runs driven in.
Sophomore outfielder Katelyn Elliott and junior second baseman Jackie Sweet both registered a hit and RBI apiece. Junior shortstop Kelsi Hoopiiaina, freshman Marissa Mendenhall and senior Joni Cook each turned in hits as well.
Senior first baseman Tia Palauni drew a pair of walks to extend her school-record total to 112.
In her final outing at Ute Field, senior Generra Nielson struck out six in 6.2 innings of work. She did not allow a hit through 3.1 innings to the Cardinal. Unfortunately, Nielson was credited with the loss and ended 2012 with a 21-18 record and was 42-30 for her career. She extended her school single-season strikeout record to 294 this season. The Blanding, Utah native finished fourth in school history with 492 strikeouts in two seasons with the Utes.
Utah scored in the first inning 21 times this season and finished the 2012 season 12-9 in those games. Utah has been the first team to score in 29 games in 2012 and carried a 19-10 record in those contests.
Stanford's Ashley Hansen came up with a solo homer with one out in the fourth to tie the game at 1-1 and the Cardinal added the go-ahead run later in the frame.
Holm cranked an 0-2 pitch for a solo homer over the center-field fence to re-tie the game at two runs apiece in the fourth.
The Cardinal took the lead back with four more scores in the fourth frame, but the Utes rebounded by exploding for six runs in the fifth as Cook muscled a single into center field for Utah's third hit of the contest and with two out Hoopiiaina lofted a fly ball to right field that was misplayed by the Cardinal and allowed pinch runner Chalese Fankhauser to score from first. Elliott looped an RBI single to score Hoopiiaina before Holm crushed a 1-0 delivery over the right-field fence for a three-run homer, her team-high 10th round-tripper of the year. Sweet followed with a solo shot to left-center for her seventh home run of the season and the 10th of her career.
Stanford put six more runs on the board in its final two at-bats, but Holm started the seventh with a single up the middle, her third hit of the day, before Mendenhall charged a double through the right-center field gap to put Utes on second and third base. Mendenhall now has seven extra-base hits this year. Clements then converted the scoring chance by driving a sacrifice fly to right field that allowed Holm to advance 60 feet for Utah's ninth score of the contest and set the final margin at 12-9. It was Clements' first sacrifice fly of the season and the fourth of her career.
No. 15/17 Stanford (38-17, 11-13 Pac-12) was led by three-RBI outings by Leah White and Jenna Rich.