UVU softball: Arkansas blanks UVU, 5-0

By Kellen Hiser

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, March 9 2013 3:57 p.m. MST

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Utah Valley University got a steady pitching performance but was blanked on the scoreboard by the University of Arkansas for the second straight contest, falling 5-0 Saturday afternoon.

Pitcher Josi Summers went five and two-thirds innings for UVU (5-8), surrendering two earned runs on five hits while striking out seven Razboracks (18-6). But the Wolverines, who tallied four hits in the ballgame, left six runners stranded and failed to push a run across for just the second time this season.

"It's becoming too familiar of a story," UVU head coach Rachel Hartgrove said. "Our pitchers have been pitching great but our hitting and defense has let us down. We have some great hitters in this lineup; we just need somebody to step up and take charge."

Summers' only blemishes came early as she gave up solo home runs in the bottom of the first and second innings. First baseman Devon Wallace, who hit a two-run shot in yesterday's series opener, took an 0-2 pitch over the right field wall and third baseman Chloe Oprzedek duplicated the feat in the next inning.

Defensive miscues also played a role in the defeat for UVU, including a two-out error in the top of the third that resulted in two Arkansas runs.

Trailing 4-0, the Wolverines had a great chance to cut into, or possibly erase, the deficit in the top of the fifth. Kylee Brinkerhoff led off the inning with her second single of the afternoon, and after a fly out from Jamie North, UVU loaded the bases as Dara Kosanke reached on an error and Morgan Summers drew a walk. The tying run at the plate with just one out, the Wolverines came up empty. Pinch hitter Jazmyne Cortinas popped out to second base before Amanda Robinson went down swinging to end the inning.

With the loss, Josi Summers falls to 1-4 on the season. Hope McLemore (3-1) earned the win for the Razorbacks, while Kimmy Beasley grabbed her second save of the series.

Alongside Brinkerhoff's 2-for-3 day, Krystin Jachim and Morgan Summers each went 1-for-3.

Megan Peay came on in relief in the top of sixth, striking out the lone batter she faced.

UVU will look to avoid a series sweep in Sunday's finale at Arkansas' Bogle Park. First pitch, which was originally scheduled for 11 a.m. MT, has been bumped up an hour to 10. The time change is a result of some inclement weather in the area.

Alongside Brinkerhoff's 2-for-3 day, Krystin Jachim and Morgan Summers each went 1-for-3.

Megan Peay came on in relief in the top of sixth, striking out the lone batter she faced.

UVU will look to avoid a series sweep in Sunday's finale at Arkansas' Bogle Park. First pitch, which was originally scheduled for 11 a.m. MT, has been bumped up an hour to 10 a.m. MT. The earlier start time comes as the result of the threat of inclement weather.

Kellen Hiser is sports information assistant at Utah Valley University. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.

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