BYU softball: Cougars face UVU in conference series, Utah State on Wednesday

By Jamie Morris

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, April 3 2013 2:51 p.m. MDT

PROVO, Utah — The BYU softball team plays Utah Valley in a conference series on Friday and Saturday at Wolverine Field. Friday's games are scheduled for 2 p.m. MDT and 4, while Saturday's games are at 1 p.m. and 3. The Cougars then travel to Logan on Wednesday for a matchup against in-state rival Utah State at 4 p.m. MDT.

BYU quick hits

BYU is 25-1 overall against UVU and 30-2 overall against Utah State.

Gordy Bravo highlighted the offensive effort for BYU in its three losses against Houston. She hit .500 with two doubles, two RBIs and one run scored.

Senior shortstop JC Clayton broke the all-time hit record at BYU in the team’s four-game series against USD. Clayton has 274 career hits and a team- and conference-leading 49 hits this season. Clayton has been named PCSC Player of the Week three times this year.

The Cougars started conference play with a sweep at San Diego to lead the conference standings with a 4-0 record. UVU is in close second with a 5-3 record in its two conference series so far.

Opponent Notes

Utah Valley

Utah Valley is 20-12 on the season and 5-3 in the PCSC standings. The team’s .279 average is good for the second-highest in the PCSC. The Wolverines lead the conference in triples with eight and are second in home runs (16), total bases (341) and doubles (33). The team has four batters hitting over .300 so far this season in junior Amanda Robinson, senior Krystin Jachim, freshman Morgan Summers and senior Kylee Brinkerhoff. Batting a .394 clip, Robinson leads the team in hits (39), home runs (4), total bases (56) and slugging percentage (.566). Jachim is not far behind with a .393 average and leads the team in conference statistics, batting .417 with 10 hits. Freshman Dynasty Lauvai has brought in the most runs for UVU with 21 RBIs alongside eight extra-base hits.

The mound has been occupied by senior Tiffany Mills (117.0) and sophomore Josi Summers (67.2). Mills sports a 1.97 ERA alongside 90 strikeouts and a .218 opponent average. She also has a 1.58 ERA in conference play. Summers is 7-5 for the Wolverines and has compiled 72 strikeouts and given up just 30 earned runs on the season. She has a team-leading 0.78 ERA in conference play.

The Wolverines play Weber State in a doubleheader Wednesday before playing the Cougars.

Utah State

USU returned eight starters from last year's squad but had a rough start to the season with a 20-game losing streak before snatching up its first win against Weber State on March 13. After that win, the team went on a five-game winning streak but have since lost eight straight to fall to 5-28. The Aggies face Idaho State on Wednesday, UTSA on Friday and Saturday, and Utah Valley on Tuesday before returning home to face the Cougars on Wednesday.

The team is led by senior infielder Christine Thomsen, who is hitting a .320 clip. Junior Kassandra Uchida leads the team with 24 hits, while sophomore Nicole Arata provides power in the lineup with a team-leading two home runs. Senior Mandy Harmon, freshman Noelle Johnson and senior Shelbi Tyteca have all found time on the mound this year. Harmon has pitched the most innings at 83.2 and has given up 62 earned runs on a .307 opponent batting average. Johnson leads the pitching staff with 69 strikeouts in 79 innings pitched. Tyteca has a 2-1 record in her 44 innings pitched and has given up 36 earned runs on 53 hits.

The Aggies are 0-6 in Western Athletic Conference play.

In-state rivalry

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