SUU missed out on some opportunities in Game 1, leaving the bases loaded in the first and third innings before finally breaking through in the top of the sixth. Senior Haylee Hoch knocked a one-out single towards the third base side of the infield and then was driven home on a two-run home run off the bat of Kadi Henderson to give the Thunderbirds the 2-0 lead. A third run crossed the plate when a Tessa Loewen double in the frame drove home Kylee Schmitke.
Southern Utah starter Heather Black had IUPUI batters on their heels the entire contest with the Jaguars only having runners in scoring position in the third and seventh innings. The Jags scored their only run of the contest in the seventh, loading the bases and eventually scoring the run on a fielder's choice. A final strikeout and ground ball ended the contest.
IUPUI was the first to threaten in Game 2, as back-to-back hits led to a play at the plate where Nikki Thomas was thrown out by Kelsey Bryant when the junior cut off the throw from center and made the throw home.
Southern Utah then put the first lights on the scoreboard in the very next frame as Mikkel Griffin led off the fourth with a double. She came around to score a batter later as Bryant knocked an RBI single to center field. Bryant moved to third on a ground ball and then crossed home plate on an RBI single by Madison Resley.
An RBI double in the fifth capped Southern Utah's scoring during the game as Loewen recorded the two bagger to score Megan Gurski from third after the freshman led off the frame with a single.
IUPUI's lone run of the game came in the bottom of the sixth as a pair of singles put runners on the corners for the Jaguars and an RBI ground ball scored the run. Black came on in relief in Game 2, earning the save after recording the final three outs in the seventh inning.
Ashley Ostler picked up the victory for the Thunderbirds in the circle, throwing 51/3 innings where she allowed the one run on four hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Danielle Axe also saw action in the game, throwing two outs of relief in the sixth, giving up one hit and one walk during the inning.
The two teams will meet again in the series finale tomorrow morning at 10 a.m.
UVU 2-7, NORTHERN COLORADO 1-5: At Orem, Tiffany Mills pitched a two-hitter in the first game and Amanda Robinson hit two home runs in the second game to help Utah Valley (22-12-1, 3-3 PCSC) sweep a Pacific Coast Softball Conference doubleheader over Northern Colorado on Friday at Wolverine Field.
In Game 1, the Wolverines struck first as Amanda Perez started a two-out second inning rally with a single. Kylee Brinkerhoff then followed it up with a walk and Stephanie Likos delivered the RBI-hit with a single up the middle that Perez came around from second to score on.
UVU posted an insurance run, and that was all the offense that Mills would need, as she was dominant from the circle. The UVU junior took a no-hitter into the fifth inning.
In Game 2, Robinson gave UVU all of the runs it would need as she went 2-for-3 with two round-trippers and seven RBIs. The Wolverine slugger put Utah Valley on top early with a first inning three-run homer to the opposite field and she later gave the Wolverines the lead late with a fifth inning go-ahead grand slam to left.
NO. 3 SLCC 13-4, NO. 13 SOUTHERN IDAHO 3-1: At Twin Falls, Idaho, the Bruins (39-6, 30-4) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in game one behind Tanisha Anderson's second grand slam of the season. In the third inning, Maddy Woodard connected on the Bruins' second grand slam and Meagan Nielson added a solo home run. Malia Campos finished the game 3 for 3 with a triple and Anderson was 2 for 3 with four runs batted in.
Ariel Zimmerman led Salt Lake in Game 2, allowing one run with seven strikeouts in seven innings of work. Trina Gomez was 1 for 2 with a triple and Savannah Webster was 1 for 3 with two RBIs.
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