Devina Quintero had a .571 batting average last week for Utah.
March 31, 2008
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah begins the conference slate with a three-day, four-game home stand against Colorado State and New Mexico, beginning on Thursday, April 3.
Weekend in Review
Utah split a doubleheader with Utah State on Wednesday, March 26, falling in game one, 3-1, before winning game two, 9-4.
Devina Quintero led the Utes during the series with four hits, including three doubles and a home run with a .571 average, as well as five RBI. Diana Phillips also had a solid outing, hitting .500 with two doubles and a triple.
Brittany Parker got the win in the second game, striking out six.
The Utes were also scheduled for a weekend series against Utah Valley, but all three games were postponed due to inclement weather. The first makeup game in the series is April 7 in Salt Lake City at 4:00 p.m.
Scouting the Competition
Colorado State (19-11): The Rams are hitting a Mountain West Conference leading .313 on the year as a team, led by three athletes who are hitting over .400. Lauren Cusick is hitting .402, which ranks second in the MWC, with 27 RBI, 11 home runs and 13 doubles, while Caitlan Stem's .402 average is tied for third in the conference.
CSU has three pitchers who they look to, Cayte Billman (3.52 ERA, 7-2), Rebecca Penland (4.24 ERA, 6-2) and Kim Klabough (4.57 ERA, 5-7).
New Mexico (15-12): Lindsey Elcess leads the Lobos with a MWC best .405 batting average. She also leads the conference in on-base percentage. Gabriella Parra is also one of four players in the conference batting over .400.
Kelly Ninemire leads the Lobos on the mound with a 3.51 ERA and a 10-8 record.
All-West Region and three-time all-Mountain West Conference selection Diana Phillips is nearing several career marks at Utah. She has 14 career triples (three this season) and ranks second all-time at Utah in the category. The all-time triples record is 19, held by Sandy Rhea (1995-98).
Phillips has averaged over 59 hits a season in her career (217 total hits). If she continues on the same pace in 2008 she will rank among the top five at Utah in hits. She is also nearing the top-10 with 43 career stolen bases.
Phillips is batting .388 on the season (which ranks sixth in the Mountain West Conference) with a team-best 38 hits. She leads the MWC with three triples and her 15 stolen bases is second to teammate Kelly Matthews.
The Utes are tied for the lead in the MWC with 47 stolen bases. Over half of those stolen bases have been done by Kelly Matthews (16) or Diana Phillips (15). The duo rank one-two, respectively, in the conference in stolen bases.
Rounding The Bases
Kara Foster has hit 10 of the Utes' 22 home runs this year. Staci Hemingway, Angie Boardman and Devina Quintero are tied for second on the team with three home runs each. Foster is second on the team with a .337 batting average and ranks fifth in the MWC with a .726 slugging percentage.
Two Utes have hit grand slams this year. Hemingway hit one against Rhode Island (2/8) while Sharee Fonoti's came vs. Southern Utah (2/9).