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UVU softball: Weber State doubleheader pushed to Wednesday

By Kellen Hiser

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, April 1 2013 12:10 p.m. MDT

OREM, Utah — Originally scheduled for Tuesday, Utah Valley University's softball doubleheader at Weber State has been moved to Wednesday to accommodate for WSU's hosting of the men's basketball CIT final. The games are scheduled for 2 p.m. and 4 at Wildcat Softball Field.

UVU (20-12, 5-3 PCSC) and WSU (6-24, 2-4 Big Sky) will be facing off as nonconference opponents for the first time in three seasons. The Wildcats competed alongside the Wolverines as a member of the Pacific Coast Softball Conference for the last three years, with both teams operating as members of the league's Mountain Division. Last season in Orem, UVU and WSU battled to a 2-2 split in a four-game PCSC series.

The Wolverines enter the week having won 15 of their last 19 games. Included in that stretch is a 3-1 series win over CSU Bakersfield last weekend. UVU claimed the first three games of the series by a combined score of 20-3 before falling in the series finale, 2-0.

First baseman Amanda Robinson had a strong weekend for the Wolverines, batting .571 for the weekend with eight hits and six RBIs. Her biggest hit came in the bottom of the seventh inning of game three Saturday afternoon. Trailing 1-0 with two away in the do-or-die frame, Robinson came to the plate with runners on first and second and blasted the first pitch she saw over the center field wall for the walk-off win.

With the efficient series against CSUB, Robinson just edges shortstop Krystin Jachim for the team's top batting average. Robinson is hitting at a .394 clip entering the week while Jachim — who hit .417 against the Roadrunners — sits at .393.

Second baseman Dynasty Lauvai continues to lead the team in RBIs with 21, but Robinson and Jachim are right behind her at 20 and 18, respectively.

In the circle, Tiffany Mills improved her season record to 9-7 by going 3-1 last week including a win at Utah on Tuesday. She holds a 1.97 ERA and is tied for second in the NCAA with four saves. Josi Summers also picked up a win in game three against CSUB, bumping her season record to 7-5.

WSU comes into Wednesday's games off a three-game sweep at the hands of conference foe Portland State. The doubleheader against Utah Valley marks the end of a 12-game home stand for the Wildcats. WSU is 4-6 so far through that stretch.

Junior catcher Desiree Mejia leads the team with a .298 batting average. Junior infielder Brooke Silva, who leads the team in RBIs with 14, is next at .247 and Alyson Kulp, a freshman infielder, is hitting .241 to go along with 11 RBIs.

Sophomore pitcher Morgan Allaband has seen the bulk of the work in the circle for the Wildcats, starting 17 games thus far. She is 3-14 on the season with a 4.52 ERA. Junior Kylee Colvin has gotten eight starts, holding a 3-4 record and 3.29 ERA.

UVU holds a 9-3 advantage in the series all-time.

Utah Valley returns to Orem on Friday to begin a four-game, PCSC series with crosstown rival BYU. The series will pit the first-place Cougars with the second-place Wolverines and will be the first time the two schools have met in a conference-play setting in any sport.

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

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