"We're making too many significant mistakes along the way. We couldn't get bunts down and some of our kids our having a hard time making decent throws. It hurt to lose this way but overall I actually felt good about how things went."
UVU (27-22-1, 8-10 PCSC) fell behind 2-0 early on in the second game of the afternoon after the Bengals scored a run in the first and another in the second.
The Wolverines then responded in third as they loaded the bases with no outs and Amanda Robinson drove home the first run via an RBI groundout and Krystin Jachim delivered the big hit with a three-run homer to left center to give UVU a 4-2 lead. The round tripper was Jachim's ninth of the season.
The Bengals made it a 4-3 ballgame in the bottom of the third and then tied the game at 4-all in the fourth after a leadoff solo homer from Shaundee Garrett.
The score remained the same until the seventh inning. Maddy Schulz led off the seventh for the Wolverines with a double and Brinkerhoff plated her with her clutch two-out RBI single to left to give UVU the late 5-4 lead.
The Wolverines couldn't hold the lead in the last of the inning however as Fitzsimmons managed delivered the two-out homer to seal the win for the Bengals.
Cassie Herrera started in the circle and allowed two earned runs (four total) in four innings while Megan Peay (5-2) pitched the final 22/3 innings and was tagged with the loss after she gave up the homer to Fitzsimmons. Fitzsimmons (11-11) also picked up her second win in the circle for ISU on the day as she pitched the final 4.1 innings and gave up just two hits and one earned run.
Brinkerhoff and Schulz each finished with two hits in the game to lead UVU, while the Bengals were led by Fitzsimmons' 2-for-4 performance.
In the opener, UVU's Tiffany Mills and ISU's Fitzsimmons both pitched very well in the first couple of innings as the game remained scoreless until the fourth. That inning the Bengals capitalized on two UVU defensive miscues by scoring four unearned runs to jump out to a 4-0 advantage.
Utah Valley bounced back with a run of its own in the fifth as Brinkerhoff doubled to start the inning and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Amanda Perez two batters later to make it a 4-1 contest.
ISU countered with two more insurance runs in the last of the fifth thanks to a two-RBI single from Gabby Lopez to give the Bengals a 6-1 lead. That's where the game remained until the end as Idaho State also pulled out the first game of the series, 6-1.
Mills (14-14) pitched into the fifth inning and allowed just two earned runs (six total) but suffered the loss as ISU's Fitzsimmons pitched a complete game six-hitter and allowed no earned runs (one total) to pickup the win.
Marie Williams led UVU offensively in the first game by going 2-for-2, while Becky Simonsen and Vicky Galasso led the Bengals by each recording two hits apiece.
UVU and ISU will both conclude PCSC play Sunday with another doubleheader in Pocatello beginning at noon.
SLCC SOFTBALL: At Taylorsville, the No. 1 Bruins (48-7, 39-5) split the final day with Snow College, winning 4-2 and losing 8-7.
Lauren Miller was 2 for 3 with an RBI in the Game 1 win and Meagan Nielson was 2 for 3. MaCauley Flint got the win allowing one earned run.
Costly errors led the 8-7 defeat of Salt Lake in the final game of the series. In the bottom of the seventh, Meagan Nielson blasted a two-run home run to put Salt Lake down one. However, the Badgers would force a pop up to end the game. Trina Gomez was 2 for 4 and Tanisha Anderson went 2 for 3.
The Bruins complete the regular season with a trip to Colorado Northwestern next weekend then return home for the Region 18 Tournament on May 10-12.
DIXIE STATE SOFTBALL: At Phoenix, the Red Storm split a doubleheader with Grand Canyon. The Red Storm the lost the opener 1-0 and won the nightcap 8-0 in five innings.
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