Linsey Craig, UVU Athletics
OREM, Utah — Utah Valley University plays its second home conference series in as many weeks when it hosts crosstown rival Brigham Young University for a four-game, Pacific Coast Softball Conference series at Wolverine Field. All four games will be played across two doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday. Friday's games get under way at 2 p.m. while Saturday's begin at 1 p.m.
The series will mark the first conference clash between UVU (22-12, 5-3 PCSC) and BYU (14-18, 4-0 PCSC) in any sport and will pit the first-place Cougars against the second-place Wolverines.
Live stats will be available for all four games by visiting the UVU softball schedule page.
The Wolverines will enter play having won 17 of their last 21 ballgames and enter the weekend off a two-game midweek sweep of Weber State. UVU used a six-run top of the seventh inning in game one to erase a 5-2 deficit entering the do-or-die frame to grab an 8-6 win. In game two, the Wolverines needed the minimum five innings as they cruised to an 8-0 victory over the Wildcats. UVU currently sits in second place in the conference standings with two of its six conference series completed. It opened league play with a 2-2 split at Saint Mary's before winning a home series with CSU Bakersfield 3-1 last weekend.
Shortstop Krystin Jachim leads the Wolverines with a .406 batting average and first baseman Amanda Robinson, the reigning PCSC Player of the Week, is next at .386. Robinson leads the team in home runs with five and RBIs with 22. Second baseman Dynasy Lauvai holds 21 RBIs on the season while Jachim has posted 20.
Senior Tiffany Mills leads UVU in the circle this year with a 9-7 record and a 2.08 ERA. She also sits in a tie for first nationally in saves with five. Fellow starter Josi Summers has pieced together an 8-5 record to go along with a 2.85 ERA.
The Cougars come to Orem with a record below .500 after suffering a three-game sweep at the hands of Houston last weekend. The setback snapped a five-game winning streak for BYU, which included a four-game, conference series sweep of San Diego on March 22 and 23. The perfect 4-0 mark in PCSC play places the Cougars atop the conference standings.
BYU has three players hitting above .350 on the season, with two of those three batting above the .400 mark. Senior shortstop JC Clayton — a three-time PCSC Player of the Week — leads the team with a .422 average and 49 hits on the season. Gordy Bravo, a freshman center fielder, ranks second on the squad in batting average and RBIs at .411 and 21, while right fielder Alexandra Hudson Shamo currently holds a .373 average. First baseman and relief pitcher Katie Manuma has provided nearly all the pop for BYU this season, belting five home runs while no other Cougar has hit more than one. She also leads the team in RBIs with 27.
Four different BYU pitchers have seen starts this season, with junior Tori Almond and senior Hannah Howell getting the majority of the starting nods. Almond holds a 6-4 record and 2.92 ERA while Howell is 5-12 with a 3.47 ERA. Manuma leads the team with three saves.
Following this weekend's clash with BYU, the Wolverines will welcome Utah State to Wolverine Field on Tuesday, April 9, and Idaho State on Wednesday, April 10. The games will close UVU's current six-game home stand.
James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit www.WolverineGreen.com.
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