OREM, Utah - After nearly a month's worth of games played in Utah, the Utah Valley University softball team is headed to California for a four-game series with the University of San Diego. Saturday's doubleheader at the USD Softball Complex gets underway at 1 p.m. MT, while Sunday's edition begins at 12 p.m.
UVU (25-15, 7-5 PCSC) and USD (19-22, 4-8 PCSC) sit third and sixth, respectively, in the Pacific Coast Softball Conference standings. With the league season halfway over, the series takes on added significance, as the Wolverines will be looking to keep pace with BYU and Loyola Marymount atop the conference, while the Toreros - second place finishers in the Coastal Division last year - are looking to break out of the lower half of the standings.
Suffering back-to-back losses for the first time since early March last week, UVU got back to its winning ways with a 3-2 victory at Utah State on Tuesday. Shortstop Krystin Jachim delivered the decisive blow, singling home the game-winning run in the top of the seventh inning.
Jachim currently leads the PCSC in batting average, brandishing a .414 mark. She is also tops for the Wolverines in RBIs, posting 28 on the year. Slugging first baseman Amanda Robinson follows with a .366 average and 23 RBIs while leading the team in home runs with five.
San Diego enters the weekend off a 4-1 loss to crosstown rival San Diego State on Tuesday. Prior to that game, the Toreros split a PCSC series with CSU Bakersfield.
Morgan Kurtz, a sophomore outfielder, hit .714 for the Bakersfield series, while senior outfielder Lauren Tomey and sophomore third baseman Chloe Kaneko combined to drive in five runs. Junior Cassidy Coleman (10-10, 2.13) picked up both wins for USD.
Tomey is the only Torero currently batting above .300, posting a .349 average alongside 12 RBIs. She ranks among the toughest to strike out in the NCAA this year, having only gone down on strikes five times in 126 at-bats.
USD also currently ranks 19th in the country in team ERA with a 1.92 mark.
The Wolverines and Toreros, despite sharing the same conference for the last three years, have met only once in their respective histories. In 2006, the two played to a 1-1 split over the course of two games in San Diego.
Utah Valley returns to Orem for its final home PCSC series next weekend as the Broncos of Santa Clara visit Wolverine Field.
Kellen Hiser is sports information assistant at Utah Valley University. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.