OGDEN, Utah — In taking a quick break from Pacific Coast Softball Conference action Wednesday, the Utah Valley University Wolverines picked up 8-6 and 8-0 (5) victories over Weber State, thanks to a pair of big innings.
With the victories, the Wolverines (22-12) move 10 games above .500 heading into Thursday's home PCSC doubleheader with neighboring BYU. Game times are set for 2 p.m. and 4. The Wolverines have now won 17 of their last 21 games.
The Wolverines pounded out eight runs on eight hits and committed just one error in the victory in the first game.
The Wildcats tagged Wolverine starter Tiffany Mills for three runs in the top of the first inning, and they eventually lead 5-2 heading into the top of the seventh. The Wolverines, however, scored six runs in the inning en route to the victory.
"It was a big offensive day for us," UVU softball coach Rachel Hartgrove said. "The girls came up big in that seventh inning, getting all those runs with two outs. Our big inning in the second game also came with two outs, so the girls got the job done when it needed to be done."
In four innings, Mills allowed three runs on five hits while striking out eight and walking just one. The Wolverines got her off the hook with the big seventh inning. Megan Peay, who entered in the fifth, also allowed three runs on three hits in three innings in earning her third victory of the season.
In addition to eight hits, the Wolverines took advantage of four Wildcat errors. Weber State starter Kylee Colvin surrendered just two earned runs in the contest.
Debra Lovell paced the Wolverines by going 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs, while Krystin Jachim had two hits and an RBI, and Morgan Summers finished with two hits.Comment on this story
In the second game, the Wolverines led 2-0 after three innings but broke the game open with six runs in the top of the fourth before invoking the mercy rule in the fifth. Josi Summers allowed just three hits in four innings, while striking out seven and walking just one. Cassie Herrera fired a hitless and scoreless fifth.
Five different Wolverines drove in at least one run (Morgan Summers, Jachim, Lovell and Jamie North), while Amanda Robinson drove in two. Jachim, Kylee Brinkerhoff and Marie Williams had two base knocks each.
"Mills and (Josi) Summers did a great job working on pitch count, and Peay and Herrera did a nice job in relief," Hartgrove said.
The Wolverines tallied 10 hits in the contest.
Jay Hinton is a sports information assistant at Utah Valley University.