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UVU softball: Redhawks hand Wolverines pair of WAC losses

By Kellen Hiser

For the Deseret News

Published: Friday, April 4 2014 11:15 p.m. MDT

Utah Valley dropped both games of a Friday doubleheader at Seattle University, falling 8-7 and 4-3 at Logan Field to begin the three-game WAC series. The Wolverines held leads in both contests before succumbing to late inning rallies from the homestanding Redhawks.

"We lost a bit of focus at the end of the first game," UVU head coach Nikki Palmer said. "It's frustrating, but I'm looking forward to seeing the fight that this will produce in our girls tomorrow. We are a good team. We just need to finish the game."

Sophomore Dynasty Lauvai notched a hit in both ballgames, running her current hitting streak to a team-high 10 games. Meanwhile, freshman Brittney Vansway went 5-for-7 between the two games with an RBI to reach seven consecutive games with a hit.

The Wolverines (10-22, 3-2 WAC) looked to have the evening's first game locked down when they carried a 7-4 advantage entering the seventh and final inning. The advantage was built behind two innings worth of crooked numbers as UVU hung a trio of runs in the sixth and two more in the top half of the seventh. Lauvai and Debra Lovell each tallied RBI singles in the sixth inning during that span, while Erin Romero came through with a two-out, two-RBI basehit to give the Wolverines their largest advantage of the contest.

But down to its final three outs, homestanding SU (13-24, 2-3 WAC) surrendered only one as it rallied for four runs in the frame to steal the walkoff win. The Redhawks got their quartet of runs on four hits, benefiting from back-to-back walks to begin the at-bat. The comeback snapped SU's four-game losing streak and left Utah Valley freshman Bailey Moore with the loss after pitching only 1.1 innings in the game.

Game two lacked game one's offensive fireworks, but the Wolverines were able to battle back from an early 2-1 deficit to take the lead at 3-2 in the fourth inning. Lauvai supplied the go-ahead knock in the frame, scoring Kelli Fox from second with two outs.

Again Seattle U answered, pulling back level in the fourth and getting what proved to be the winning run on Brianna Guerrero's solo home run in the fifth. The slight 4-3 advantage proved enough after UVU mustered just one hit over their final two at-bats.

Josi Summers suffered the loss, falling to 6-11 on the season after throwing 4.1 innings and allowing two earned runs on five hits. Freshman Kelsey Lawton entered the game in relief, allowing one hit in 1.2 innings pitched.

The three-game WAC series comes to a close Saturday as Utah Valley and Seattle U face off in the finale at 1 p.m. MT.

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

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