Utah Softball Facilities
2017 Season Recap
Super Regional Preparations
Dumke Stadium Tour
NCAA Super Regional Game 2 Win
NCAA Regional Champions
The Utes kept things rolling in 2017 by making their third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, advancing to Super Regionals for a second straight year, and hosting NCAA regionals for the first time in school history.
Utah achieved its highest final ranking in the program’s history, coming in at No. 14 in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll. The Utes finished 37-16 for their best record since 1997 and also had their best mark in Pac-12 play (13-9) since joining the conference in 2012. Six Utes earned All-Pac-12 honors.
Senior Hannah Flippen was named a first team NFCA All-American and the 2017 Pac-12 Player of the Year. During her career, Flippen was a three-time All-American, two-time Academic All-American, four-time All-Pac-12 honoree and two-time Pac-12 Player of the Year, all program firsts. She also became the first person in the history of the conference to win Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors in the same season.
Junior pitcher Miranda Viramontes was Utah’s second member of the All-Pac-12 first team, going 14-4 with a 1.51 ERA. She ranked among the best in the nation in walks per seven innings (19 in 115.2 IP).
Senior shortstop Anissa Urtez, voted onto the all-league second team, was a three-time All-Pac-12 honoree and started every game in her career. She had her best offensive season in 2017, ranking fifth in the Pac-12 in batting average (.410) and eighth in runs batted in (52). Urtez finished her career among the top five in Utah history in doubles and RBI.
Junior pitcher Katie Donovan earned All-Pac-12 honors for a third-straight season by making the second team. She also earned third team NFCA All-Region honors. Donovan led the team with 155.1 innings pitched had 18 wins to give her 55 for her career. Donovan ranked ninth in the Pac-12 in strikeouts (132) in 2017, surpassing 400 for her career.
Outfielder Alyssa Barrera was named to the All-Pac-12 second team and the all-freshman team, and was second team NFCA All-Region. Barrera, who also made the short list of finalists for the 2017 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year award, ranked fourth in the Pac-12 and led the Utes with 47 runs scored to go along with a .381 batting average.
Catcher Kelly Martinez made the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team. Martinez led the league in the regular season by throwing out 13 base runners. She also hit eight home runs.
Senior first baseman Bridget Castro was named second team NFCA All-Region after hitting .302. Junior third baseman Heather Bowen hit .316 and was third on the team with 44 RBI.
Four Utes traveled the globe and represented their countries in International play in the summer of 2017.
Hannah Flippen played for Team USA in the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City, the Pan Am/World Qualifier in the Dominican Republic, and the Japan Cup. Anissa Urtez and Alyssa Barrera were also in Oklahoma City for the World Cup as starters on the Mexican National Team. Aubrey Peterson was a starter for Great Britain at the 2017 Women's Softball European Championship.
Amy Hogue is headed into her 18th season with the Utah softball program as a head coach, assistant coach and player. She has led the Utes to three NCAA Tournaments, including back-to-back Super Regional appearances in 2016 and ’17.
In 10 seasons as the Utes’ head coach, Hogue has a 297-245-1 record at Utah and sports a 494-330-1 overall record in 16 years as a collegiate head coach, which includes six seasons at the NJCAA level’s Salt Lake Community College.
Hogue got her start in coaching as Utah’s graduate assistant coach from 1994-95. As a player from 1991-94, she helped the Utes win two conference titles and make two College World Series appearances. She captained the 1994 squad that tallied a school-record 51 wins, earning Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year, first team all-region and second team All-America honors along the way. She was a three-time All-WAC honoree.
Among Utah’s career leaders, Hogue still ranks third in at bats (703) and stolen bases (72), fourth in hits (239), and fifth in hitting (.340) and runs (125).
Hogue graduated from Utah in 1994 with a sociology degree and earned a Master’s in social work in 1996. The Sandy, Utah, native has three children, Brennan, Kai and Tessa.
Maggie Livreri has spent six seasons on the Utah staff and is the Utes’ recruiting coordinator.
Livreri was an assistant coach at UNLV from 2009-11 after working as a volunteer coach from 2007-08. The Rebels made the 2009 NCAA Tournament. The Las Vegas native played at Colorado State University-Pueblo before transferring to UNLV for 2005-06 seasons.
She played one season in the Italian Professional League for Nuoro. Livreri earned a bachelor’s degree from UNLV in university studies in 2006 and obtained her master’s in higher education leadership in 2008.
Cody Thompson has spent seven seasons as a full-time assistant with the Utes and has been part of the staff since 2004 when he served as a volunteer assistant coach.
A former USA Softball Men’s National Team pitcher, Thompson played for the national team from 2004-09. He was named Best Pitcher at the NAFA World Series in 2006. He was a four-time ASA All-American..
Thompson is married to the former Amanda Tuft and has four children: Mikaela, Chase, Cayden and Quinley.
Russ Paskins has been with the Utes for seven seasons as a volunteer assistant.
He was an assistant coach at Alta High School 2006-09 and enjoyed a 24-year playing career on the fastpitch circuit. His teams advanced to 12 Men’s Majors Fastpitch Nationals. He was selected to the All-World Team at NAFA Masters twice and won three league batting titles.
Paskins and his wife Mindi have three daughters: Desirae, Samantha and Whitney.