College roundup: SLCC softball receives nation's top ranking

Deseret News

Published: Thursday, April 26 2012 12:07 a.m. MDT

The Salt Lake Community College Softball team jumped one spot to the No. 1 ranking in the NJCAA.

The Bruins (45-6) are riding a 22-game win streak in conference play with a record of 36-4.

On May 10-11 the Bruins will host the Region 18 Tournament at Bruin Field. The winner of the double-elimination tournament will head to the NJCAA National Tournament in St. George on May 17-19.

Last season, SLCC was the NJCAA National Champion Runner-up to Yavapai College.

UTAH SWEEPS WEBER STATE: At Ogden, junior outfielder Katelyn Elliott came through with a team-high four hits and three RBI as the University of Utah softball team beat Weber State twice on Wednesday, 10-1 (in five innings) and 8-1, during a non-conference doubleheader at Wildcat Field.

Utah (25-21) got off to a quick start and scored in the first inning during both games of the doubleheader. The Utes have crossed the plate in the first frame 16 times this season and sport an 11-5 record in those contests. Utah has been the first to score in 23 games in 2012 and owns an 18-5 mark in those games.

The Utes tagged eight extra-base hits on the day, including five doubles and three triples in the two games for a .558 team slugging percentage.

Elliott went 4-for-6 with three RBI, two runs scored and a 1.333 slugging percentage between the two games after hitting three extra-base hits against the Wildcats with two triples and a double. The Spanish Fork, Utah native now has 12 extra-base hits this season and has driven in 20 runs this year.

Shortstop Kelsi Hoopiiaina was 3-for-5 with three RBI in both games against Weber State, including a three-run triple in the fourth inning of the first game. Hoopiiaina also scored three runs and was a perfect 2-for-2 on stolen base attempts. The Riverton, Utah native is now a flawless 15-for-15 on steal attempts this season.

With two RBI, senior third baseman Whitney Holm also had two hits with two RBI and she has now driven in 37 runs this season and now has 128 RBI over her career. She is just three shy of tying for fourth place in school history.

Senior Generra Nielson started both games in the circle for the Utes and picked up the win in both decisions to improve her record to 19-14 this season. She allowed only two earned runs in 7.2 innings, while giving up six hits and striking out 16, compared to just one walk.

Utah resumes Pac-12 Conference competition with a three-game set against No.. 23 Oregon State at Ute Field, starting Friday at 4 p.m. MT.

USU BOUNCES BACK TO BEAT IDAHO STATE: Utah State softball answered back against border-foe Idaho State on Wednesday by allowing ISU to earn only one hit as USU went on to take the game, 2-0. The Bengals defeated the Aggies in Tuesday's match-up, 1-0, to start a two-day home-and-home series that concluded in Logan on Wednesday.

Utah State turned to senior pitcher Dani Chaplin to contain the Bengals in the series finale. USU improves to 16-32 on the season and will look to move up the Western Athletic Conference standing this weekend in a three-game series with New Mexico State in Las Cruces, N.M.

Chaplin found her zone early as she struck out four batters in her first two innings of work, opposing Chaplin in the circle for Idaho State was Amanda Fitzsimmons, who led her squad past USU the day before.

Women's soccer

UTAH SOCCER ANNOUNCES 2012 SCHEDULE:

The team announced its 2012 schedule Wednesday which includes eight home games to be played at Ute Field. The regular season will kick off on Aug. 17 with a neutral-site match against Utah State at Rio Tinto Stadium.

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