The Utes head to Palo Alto this weekend for a three-game set with No. 17/15 Stanford.
April 25, 2013
After earning its second consecutive Pac-12 Conference home series victory, the University of Utah softball team resumes conference competition this weekend with a series at No. 17/15 Stanford. The series with the Cardinal starts Friday at 5 p.m. PT. The middle contest of the three-game set on Saturday is slated for 1 p.m. PT with Sunday's finale to begin at 1 p.m. PT.
The Utes briefly stepped out of league play for a doubleheader sweep on Wednesday at Southern Utah. Utah won 14-2 in five innings and 11-6 and is now 23-24-1 overall.
Last weekend, Utah took two of three games against No. 2/3 Arizona State last weekend in Utah Softball Stadium and carries a 6-12 record in league play.
Utah Softball on the Pac-12 Networks: The Friday and Sunday games at Stanford will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks. In Salt Lake City, Pac-12 Networks is carried on Comcast. Pac-12 Mountain is channel 37, the national Pac-12 Network is channel 410 and Pac-12 Mountain HD is channel 757. Krista Blunk (PBP) and Jessica Mendoza (Analyst) will call Friday's action, while JB Long (PBP) and Ann Schatz (Analyst) will be on the call during Sunday's series finale.
Live Stats: In addition to the television coverage on Friday and Sunday from Stanford, fans can also follow all three games via live stats provided by Gametracker at the links below:
Stanford - Game 1
Stanford - Game 2
Stanford - Game 3
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Southern Utah Doubleheader Review: Sophomore Marissa Mendenhall (Stansbury Park, Utah) went 5-for-5 with six RBI on the day to help Utah sweep a doubleheader from Southern Utah on Wednesday in Cedar City. Mendenhall had five hit in five at-bats for six RBI, including a pair of doubles to total a 1.400 slugging percentage. She now has 26 RBI this season to go with 11 doubles.
Utah outscored Southern Utah 25-8 between the two games, while Ute hitters combined for 28 hits on the day, compared to 17 for the Thunderbirds. The Utes have now won five of their last six contests.
Sophomore Mariah Ramirez (Hawaiian Gardens, Calif.) turned in a 1.24 ERA in 5.2 innings of work on the mound as she picked up the win in both pitching decisions against SUU.
Kate Can Rake: With hits in both games of Wednesday's doubleheader at SUU, sophomore left fielder Kate Dickman (Mission Viejo, Calif.) extended her current team-high hit streak to 15 games. She was 3-for-7 with an RBI at the plate on the day against the T-Birds, while all three hits were doubles, which gave her an .857 slugging percentage.
Sweet Streak: Senior second baseman Jackie Sweet (Corona, Calif.) had her team-high 15-game streak snapped Apr. 13 at Oregon State, but drew a walk to keep her team-high reached base streak intact, which currently stands at 24 games.
Sweet went 5-for-7 at the plate with two home runs during Wednesday's doubleheader at Southern Utah, including a grand slam in the fourth inning of the second contest, to go along with a double for five RBI and a team-high 1.714 slugging percentage. She has six homers this season and 15 over her career.