College roundup: Utes produce hits, just not enough runs, against Bruins

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Published: Saturday, March 31 2012 11:00 p.m. MDT

The Wolverines extended its lead in the fourth, when Krystin Jachim cranked her third home run of the year to left field. The solo blast gave UVU a 2-0 advantage on just two hits in the ballgame to that point.

Mills looked to be cruising through the bottom of the fourth after retiring the first two batters on a ground out and a strikeout. But a dropped fly ball off the bat of PSU's Carly McEachran kept the inning alive for the Vikings. The error proved to be costly as McEachran came in to score on Kayla Norrie's single up the middle in the next at bat. After Norrie advanced to third on a wild pitch, Jenna Krogh dropped a single just beyond third base to drive in the tying run. Mills struck out the next hitter to end the inning, but the damage had been done with the game now tied at 2-2.

After neither team scored in the fifth, Jamie North doubled for UVU to start the top of the sixth. But the Wolverines failed to capitalize on the scoring opportunity as the next three batters went down in order.

Mills continued her strong pitching performance late into the game, forcing a two-out groundout to strand a Viking runner on third in the fifth, going 1-2-3 in the sixth, and limiting PSU to just one base runner in the bottom of the seventh to send the game into extra innings.

The Wolverines threatened in the top of the eighth, as North reached base on an infield single and PSU's Anna Bertrand hit Uresti to put runners on first and second with two away. Bertrand then managed to get out of the jam by retiring Jachim via a ground out to end the threat.

The Vikings' Alexa Morales led off the last of the eighth with a single and after being bunted into scoring position, she came around to score the winning run on Bliss' walk-off double. The run was the only earned one that Mills gave up in the contest.

Bertrand picked up the win for PSU, while Mills (10-7) took the loss.

Bertrand also pitched the second game for Portland State and her and Herrera both pitched brilliantly. The two held their respective opponents scoreless until the seventh inning, when the Vikings managed to score the lone run of the contest.

Portland State had only mustered one hit off of Herrera into the fifth inning. In the fifth, the Vikings threatened with back-to-back singles by Fine and McEachran but Herrera got out of the jam by retiring the next two batters.

Herrera then allowed a leadoff hit in the sixth but the freshman mowed down the next three Viking hitters to keep the game tied at zero going to the seventh inning.

Bertrand then retired the Wolverine offense in order in the top of the seventh to set up the game winner that was hit by PSU's Holladay to start the bottom of the frame.

PSU's ace Bertrand allowed just two hits and improved to 11-7 with the win, while Herrera gave up just five hits and one run but suffered the loss (6-2).

The Wolverines will continue their 12-game homestand at Wolverine Field next week with six more contests. UVU will host in-state rival Utah State Tuesday at 4 p.m., No. 16 Hawai'i Wednesday at 5 p.m. and Northern Colorado for a four-game PCSC series next weekend.

DIXIE STATE SOFTBALL: At Turlock, Calif., the Red Storm (21-9) defeated Chaminade University 11-2 in five innings and dropped their opener to Cal State San Bernardino 3-2 to complete pool play of the Mizuno Tournament of Champions.

The Red Storm finished 3-2 in their pool.

In the first game this morning, the Coyotes capitalized on a DSC miscue in the bottom of the seventh inning to steal the game from the Red Storm.

Starting pitcher Mattie Snow allowed two runs, just one earned while striking out four batters before Michelle Duncan took over in the seventh. The miscue handed Duncan her second loss of the season.

In the top of the seventh, Dixie State scored when Kelsey Mendenhall came in to score on a Kyle Bufton RBI double to left field.

Marla Reiter's RBI infield single scored the first run for the Red Storm in the fourth frame.

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