Niki Hayhurst leads the team with a .321 batting average.
April 10, 2003
At The Plate
Utah begins a six-team road swing this weekend as it travels to Fort Collins, Colo., to face Colorado State on Friday, April 11 and to Alubquerque, N.M., to challenge New Mexico on Sunday, April 13. Friday's game begins at 1:00 p.m. and Sunday's at noon.
Recapping The Last Outings
The Utes defeated Utah State on Wednesday, 6-2 in an in-state battle. Lynsey Wall led the Utes with three RBI, while fellow freshman Ivette Hernandez knocked in two herself. The Utes were suppose to host Long Beach State, UNLV and San Diego State last weekend, but a snow storm canceled that idea. Utah opened league play with a doubleheader split against Brigham Young on March 29.
The Utes travel to Cedar City, Utah, on Wednesday, April 15 to face Southern Utah in a single game. Next, the team will enjoy the warm weather as it travels to Las Vegas, Nev., to play UNLV on April 18 and to San Diego, Calif., to battle San Diego State on April 19.
Scouting The Rams
Through 31 games this season, the Rams have recorded a team fielding percentage of .976. This ranks tops among Mountain West Conference opponents. CSU also leads the league with a team 1.57 ERA, while holding opponents to a .212 batting average. Leading the Rams are Steph Roberts who boasts a .330 batting average, and Megan Masser, whos is 11-4 with a 1.35 ERA.
Scouting The Lobos
Utah is 47-20 all-time against New Mexico. Ashley VanBoxmeer has an impressive .357 average with eight home runs and 29 runs scored to lead the Lobos' plate attack. On the mound, Amy Dumas has a 1.66 ERA with 143 strikeouts in 152.0 innings pitched.
"This is going to be a good weekend of conference softball. Both New Mexico and Colorado State are playing teams very tough. It will be a good trip for us, and hopefully if things go well, we'll come home with four wins."
Ups And Downs
Utah, which is last in the conference in defense, battles the conference's best defense this weekend in Colorado State. The Utes have already committed 66 errors this year. In its last four outings, Utah is swinging for a .325 team batting average. As a team, Utah has knocked out 18 home runs.
Lynsey Wall has a team-high seven-game hitting streak going. This ties the highest streak by a Ute this season which was set by Glennis Donnelly. Masie Ota is riding a six-game hitting streak. Jackie Wong notched a perfect five-of-five day at the plate against BYU. Wong's performance is the only perfect day for a Ute this year with more than three at bats in a game.
Ivette Hernandez is the Utes' best hitter of late. The freshman is batting .500 in her last four games. She's ripped a home run and a double to help drive in five runs.
Lynsey Wall, who has moved from the designated player position to left field, helped guide the Utes past USU yesterday. The freshman knocked in three runs against the Aggies.
Brianna Gourdin is now 3-0 on the year with a 1.14 ERA. The freshman has one two games in relief and another as a the starter.
Head Coach Mona Stevens is in her seventh season at the helm of the Utah softball program. Stevens, a well-known coach at the collegiate, national and international levels, has a 229-167-1 overall college record. The Provo, Utah, native is currently serving as President of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. In her spare time, Stevens enjoys performing with her band, the Sister Wives.