Katelyn Elliott and the Utes host Weber State in a doubleheader TODAY at Utah Softball Stadium, starting at 4 p.m.
April 10, 2013
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Fresh off its first-ever Pac-12 Conference series victory last weekend over UCLA, the University of Utah softball team looks to carry its momentum into this week, beginning with this afternoon's doubleheader against Weber State at Utah Softball Stadium. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.
The Utes took two out of three from No. 15 UCLA last Saturday and Sunday in Salt Lake City for the program's first-ever Pac-12 series victory since joining its new league in 2011-12.
Game Coverage: If you can't make it out to the new home of the Utes, Utah Softball Stadium, for the Weber State doubleheader on Wednesday, the voice of Utah softball, Gavin McCallister, will be on the play-by-play call, which can be found at utahutes.com.
Sweet Named Pac-12 Player of the Week: Senior second baseman Jackie Sweet (Corona, Calif.) became the first Ute to ever earn Pac-12 Player of the Week honors. Generra Nielson was named Pitcher of the Week last season on Mar. 19.
Swinging Sweet: Sweet, the reigning Pac-12 Player of the Week, led Utah with a .550 batting average, which included two doubles, a triple and home run for a .900 slugging percentage, on 11 hits in 20 at-bats for five RBI. She also turned in a .571 on-base percentage in addition to a stolen base. In the field, Sweet registered a flawless 1.000 fielding percentage with 14 assists and 13 putouts from her second-base post.
Sweet extended her team-high hit streak to 13 games with a 3-for-4, two-RBI output at the plate during Sunday's 8-4 win over No. 15 UCLA in the series finale. She has turned in eight multi-hit games on the year, her third with three hits, and has driven in two or more five times this season. Sweet connected on a two-run triple to right-center field in the second, singled up the middle in the bottom of the fourth and single up the middle again in the sixth.
Sweet now has 18 RBI this season and 58 over her career. In the series opener on Saturday, Sweet singled to left field in the first inning before knocking an RBI single in the second game of the day.
Really Nieto: Freshman pitcher Kayce Nieto (Farmington Hills, Mich.) went 2-1 last weekend after allowing nine earned runs on 21 hits in 18.0 innings. She registered a 3.50 ERA, while striking out three and only issuing four walks.
In her seventh start of the season, Nieto allowed three earned runs while scattering six hits and striking out one with a pair of walks on Sunday against UCLA. Nieto has won three of her last four starts, all coming against Pac-12 foes, and is now 5-5 in decisions this season.
Nieto threw 5.0 solid innings in Saturday's victory over UCLA, yielding three earned runs on eight hits with two walks and strikeout.
Triple Trouble: Utah has used a combination of team speed and a spacious home ballpark to its advantage this season as it leads the Pac-12 with eight triples in league play. Washington and California are tied for second with two apiece. Sophomore left fielder Kate Dickman (Mission Viejo, Calif.) leads the league with three triples against league foes.