Utes look for first MWC win against UNLV, SDSU

By Paige Fieldsted, Staff Writer

The Utah women’s softball team’s quest to get its first win in MWC play will continue this week as they face UNLV once and San Diego State twice.

Two of the three games will be televised, beginning with the matchup against UNLV on Thursday at 4 p.m. Thursday’s game will be broadcast by CBS college sports.

The first game against San Diego State will also be televised as Friday’s game will be broadcast on the Mtn. The game Friday will begin at 3 p.m. rather than the previously scheduled 4 p.m. because of the live broadcast.

“It’s fun and exciting,” said head coach Amy Hogue. “I wish there were better weather forecasted, but we can only do our part.”

This is the first time this season that Utah softball will be broadcast and the first time in several seasons that a game has been broadcast from Ute field.

The Utes have played in other televised games in the past, most recently in away games at BYU and New Mexico that resulted in losses.

“I hope they play well,” Hogue said. “We haven’t played well on our TV games in the past so we’re due to have a good TV game, but I think it’s fun.”

The players, however, aren’t concerned about the upcoming broadcast.

“We’ve had some games televised in the past so it’s not a big deal,” said shortstop Sharee Fonoti. “It’s exciting because it’s my senior year, but I don’t think it will affect the way we play.”

In addition to the televised games, the Utes will face San Diego State for a second time Saturday, starting at 1 p.m.

Paige Fieldsted

Richard Payson

U softball player Whitney Holm and the Utes hope for improved play this week when they take on UNLV and San Diego State at home on Thursday and Friday, respectively.