Utah Softball Facilities
2017 Season Recap
Super Regional Preparations
Dumke Stadium Tour
NCAA Super Regional Game 2 Win
NCAA Regional Champions
It was a magical 2017 season for Utah softball as it qualified for the NCAA Tournament for a third-straight year, advanced to NCAA Super Regionals for the second-straight season and hosted a NCAA Regional-all historic firsts for a program that has cemented itself as a national power under head coach Amy Hogue.
Utah finished 37-16, its best record since 1997, and had its best mark in Pac-12 play (13-9) since joining the conference in 2012. Pegged as one of the top 20 teams in the nation once again in 2018, Utah combines a senior-laden pitching staff with a talented sophomore corps and a deep freshmen class.
Miranda Viramontes earned All-Pac-12 first team honors last year, 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).
Katie Donovan earned All-Pac-12 honors for a third-straight season by making the second team in 2017. 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 second team NFCA All-Region in 2017. Barrera, who was one nine sophomores to be recognized by USA Softball as a National Player of the Year candidate this season, 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 last season. Martinez led the league in the regular season by throwing out 13 base runners. At the plate, she amassed a .496 slugging percentage, tops of any returning Ute.
Junior third baseman Heather Bowen hit .316 and was third on the team with 44 RBI last season. Sophomore BreOnna Castandea hit .301 last year and was fourth on the team with a .394 on-base percentage. Ally Dickman made the Pac-12's All-Freshman Team back in 2016 and started at all three outfield positions as well as designated player last season.
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 in 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 is in her seventh season on the Utah staff and second as associate head coach. She serves as the Utes' recruiting coordinator.
Specializing in player development, Livreri has had a profound impact on the team's hitting. In 2017, Utah finished 16th nationally in team batting (.318), 17th in scoring at 5.9 runs per game and 22nd in on-base percentage (.393).
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 is in his 11th season as a full-time assistant with the Utes and has been part of the staff since 2005, when he served as a volunteer assistant coach.
Thompson works with the pitching staff, including recent All-Pac-12 selections Miranda Viramontes and Katie Donovan.
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 is in his 11th season with the Utes 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.