SOFTBALL: Utah Valley took an early 3-0 lead over BYU on Tuesday night at Gail Miller Field, but the Cougars (25-15) countered with seven unanswered runs to defeat the Wolverines (12-22) 7-3.
"I really felt like the girls were in the game for the whole time and I was happy with both pitchers' efforts," UVU head coach Todd Fairbourne said. "We just need to learn how to play seven full innings at the game's highest level. They (BYU) are a good team and overall I'm happy with how we played against them tonight."
The Wolverines wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, as they scored two runs in the top of the first. UVU loaded the bases with just one out as Samantha Telarroja, Amanda Robinson and Amanda Perez all reached base. Deianna Russell then stepped up and gave the Wolverines a 1-0 lead with an RBI groundout. Maggie Christianson then plated the second run with a single to third that scored Robinson.
After UVU's starting pitcher, Kyli Flanary, retired the Cougars in order in the bottom of the first, the Wolverines pushed across another run in the second to extend their lead to 3-0. Telarroja started it with a two-out triple to left and Mandy Tapia brought her home with an RBI single that deflected off of a diving Krista Hicks' glove at shortstop.
With UVU still on top by three runs, BYU answered in the bottom of the second as Carly Duckworth delivered a two-out, two-run homer to cut the gap to 3-2.
The Cougars then scored another run in the third to tie the game at 3-all.
With the game tied, both teams went to the bullpen in the fourth. Josi Summers came on for the Wolverines and the Cougars managed to score three runs off of her, as BYU took its first lead of the game at 6-3.
The score remained 6-3 until the sixth when BYU added to its lead, as Madisen Robb delivered a pinch-hit solo home run to put the Cougars on top 7-3.
BYU's Tori Almond came on in relief and shut down the Wolverines' offense, as she pitched four innings of no-hit ball. Almond was credited with the win, while Summers took the loss, as she gave up four runs in three innings of work.
The Wolverines and Cougars will play each other again on May 3, when BYU comes to visit Wolverine Field.
Telarroja had a nice game replacing injured Meghan Yocom in the leadoff spot as the shortstop went 1-for-2 with a triple and two runs scored. Tapia, Robinson, Perez and Christianson each finished with a hit apiece for the Wolverines.
UVU will now return home to the newly renovated Wolverine Field for the first time of the 2011 season when PCSC-rival Northern Colorado comes to town for a four-game series on Friday and Saturday. If the field is not ready, the games will be moved to Spanish Fork High School's field.
BASEBALL: The Cougars passed their final exam Tuesday when Dane Nielsen's walk-off single scored Austin Hall to give BYU the 7-6 victory in the 11th inning over Utah.
"Utah always plays us tough," BYU head coach Vance Law said. "Rarely is there a game that is really lopsided in this series. I was really happy that our guys continued to fight through that."
Dillon Robinson led the Cougars with three RBIs and a home run. Seven different pitchers took the mound for BYU in the victory. Desmond Poulson started on the hill and recorded six strikeouts.
In inning one, the Utes found success early s their first two batters reached base but a high fly ball by Utah's C.J Cron led to an impressive double play by the Cougars that gave the Utes their first two outs but also their first run.
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