UVU SOFTBALL: At Kissimmee, Fla., Tiffany Mills and Cassie Herrera both pitched complete game shutouts for Utah Valley University on Friday at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla., as the Wolverines (8-4) defeated Detroit 1-0 and Holy Cross 1-0 (in 8 innings).
With UVU playing its first two games of 10 to come at the tournament, the Wolverine junior Mills and true freshman Herrera rose to the challenge in the circle as both pitched complete game gems. Mills allowed just two hits and struck out six Titans (3-11), while Herrera gave up just three hits and struck out four Crusaders (1-9).
In the second contest of the day, the game went into extra innings as Herrera and Holy Cross' starter Tori Cheske each held their respective opponent scoreless through seven innings. In the last of the eighth, the Wolverines managed to put the game away as Herrera pinch ran for Jamie North and scored the winning run for UVU. Herrera started off the frame on second base due to the international tiebreak rule and she came around to score two batters later after Jessica Uresti dropped down a sacrifice bunt and the Crusaders threw the ball away, which allowed Herrera to score.
Amanda Robinson and Krystin Jachim mustered the only two hits for the Wolverines as Cheske pitched very well for Holy Cross but Herrera outpitched her and in the process picked up her first collegiate victory.
In the first game of the day against the University of Detroit, Mills kept her scoreless inning streak alive as she has now pitched 14 consecutive innings without allowing a run. That scoreless streak includes back-to-back complete game shutouts.
Offensively against the Titans, the Wolverines pushed across their lone run of the contest in the second inning when Jachim reached via a walk and came around to score on an RBI groundout by Kylee Brinkerhoff.
With the win from the circle Mills improved to 6-3 on the young season while Detroit's Kat Hoffman was the tough-luck loser in the contest as she pitched a complete game five-hitter and allowed just the one unearned run.
Marie Williams led UVU from the plate against the Titans as she went 2-for-4. Robinson, Jachim and Brinkerhoff each tallied a hit as well in the contest.
The Wolverines will continue play at the Rebel Spring Games Saturday with two more games. UVU will take on Sacred Heart at 1 p.m. ET and Manhattan at 3 p.m. ET. In all the Wolverines will play eight more contests over the next five days at the tournament.
WESTMINSTER SNOWBOARDING: At Newry, Maine, after two exciting days of snowboarder cross time trials and finals, national champions have been crowned. Westminster College took home team national titles, winning both the men's and women's team events.
For women's snowboarders, Westminster College took a clean sweep at the podium, with Alyssa Dolgin in first, Morgan Lendway in second and Claire Gentile in third place.
For men's snowboarders, Sierra Nevada College and Westminster College again duked it out for the national team title, with Westminster taking a solid lead finishing 3 out of the 8 athletes in the finals. Sierra Nevada College came in second followed by the UC San Diego. Mallam Prior of Westminster College clenched the individual national championship title, followed by Cameron Colenda of Sierra Nevada College and Andrew Krause of Michigan State University in third.
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