OREM, Utah - Utah Valley University won games one and two of its four-game, Pacific Coast Softball Conference series with CSU Bakersfield at Wolverine Field on Friday afternoon. UVU took game one, 10-1, before claiming the encore, 7-1.
The Wolverines (19-11, 4-2) got plenty of offensive production to go along with a pair of pitching gems from Tiffany Mills. For the day, first baseman Amanda Robinson went a combined 6-for-7 with three RBIs. Second baseman Dynasty Lauvai had a 2-for-6 day while posting a team-high five RBIs, while catcher Jazmyne Cortinas drove home four between the two games.
Starting both games, Mills (9-6) allowed just one earned run in 10.0 innings while striking out seven. CSUB (6-21, 2-4) batted only .097 as a team against Mills on Friday.
"All week we talked about how important it was for us to get hits when he had runners on base, and we finally did it," UVU head coach Rachel Hartgrove said. "The girls came out and hit the ball really hard and put the games away early. We're really good when we score first and it helps when we have Tiffany throwing gems like she did today."
In game one, UVU got ten runs on nine hits as it cruised to a 10-1 victory in the minimum five innings. Cortinas smashed a three-run home run in the first inning, and Dynasty Lauvai drove in a pair with a triple in the four-run third inning as the Wolverines posted double-digit runs for the third time this season.
The dinger, coming on an 0-2 pitch with two away in the inning, was the only hit for Cortinas in the ballgame but set the tone early for the Wolverines. Robinson went a perfect 3-for-3 for game one with an RBI, while Jachim kept her hot bat going with a 2-for-3 outing. Also pushing a run across with a single in the third inning was third baseman Debra Lovell, who finished the game 1-for-3.
UVU hung five runs in the first inning of game two, getting the scoring under way when Cortinas poked a bases-loaded single into left field to drive in outfielder Kylee Brinkerhoff. The bases still full of Wolverines, Lauvai came up with the big hit in the inning by smoking a drive off the base off the wall in left-center. The double cleared the bases and put the Wolverines ahead 4-0 with just one out. In the very next at-bat, designated player Jamie North came through with a double of her own to plate Lauvai and conclude UVU's offensive damage in the frame.
The Roadrunners got on the board in the top of the fourth on a sacrifice fly, but the Wolverines would extend their lead in the bottom of the fifth. With two outs and a runner on second, Morgan Summers slapped a dribbler down the first base line. The pitcher fielded the ball, but her throw to the second baseman covering first was not in time. Seeing second base left uncovered, Summers turned the corner and raced to the empty bag. The heads-up play put two runners in scoring position for Robinson, who proceeded to hit a sharp single through the right side to bring both around to score. The hit marked the second and third RBIs for Robinson on the day and increased the UVU lead to 7-1.Comment on this story
With the big lead, Megan Peay was able to come on in relief for second straight game, getting the Roadrunners in order in the top of the seventh to seal the win.
The four-game, PCSC series comes to a close Saturday with another afternoon doubleheader. Game times are scheduled for 12 p.m. and 2 at Wolverine Field.
"We'll need to come out loose again tomorrow if we're going to repeat this success," Hartgrove said. "CSUB is a team that is coming off win over 24th ranked Oregon State. We know that they are tough and we can't overlook them based on today's results."
Kellen Hiser is sports information assistant at Utah Valley University. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.