UVU softball: Utah Valley drops midweek contest to BYU

By Kellen Hiser

For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, April 8 2014 7:27 p.m. MDT

Utah Valley head coach Nikki Palmer game plans with her infield during Tuesday's game with BYU.

Linsey Craig, UVU Athletics

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Coming off a season-high hitting performance in its last outing, Utah Valley University was held without a hit against crosstown rival Brigham Young University on Tuesday, falling 9-0 in five innings at Wolverine Field.

"BYU is a strong team, but ultimately we just didn't come to play today," UVU head coach Nikki Palmer said. "We've got a lot of stuff to work on, but we're not going to let this define any part about us. We're just going to move forward, work hard at practice tomorrow and get ready for Santa Clara on Thursday."

The Cougars (17-20) jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead in the first inning, capitalizing on two Wolverine (11-23) errors in the frame. Starter Josi Summers retired the first two batters, but a pair of walks followed by three consecutive singles helped BYU tally all five of its runs with two outs.

Only four of BYU's nine runs were earned as UVU ended the game with a season-high five errors.

Utah Valley never recovered from the early deficit, suffering its second no-hitter of the season as the Cougars used three pitchers to complete the feat. The no-hitter comes on the heels of the Wolverines' best hitting performance of the season when it scored 13 runs on 17 hits in Saturday's WAC victory over Seattle U.

This is the third no-hitter UVU has seen in this season. The Wolverines were held without a hit by Big Ten member Ohio State in February, and UVU senior pitcher Summers also twirled a no-no of her own for the Wolverines in a 3-0 victory over Albany last month.

Kelsey Lawton pitched 4.1 innings for UVU, giving up one earned run on six hits while striking out one. Summers (6-12) was tagged with the loss after surrendering three earned runs in only two-thirds innings pitched.

Tuesday's contest marked the first of three games for the Wolverines against BYU. The two teams meet again in the season finale for UVU in a May 8 doubleheader in Provo.

Utah Valley looks to its next game coming up on Thursday as Santa Clara comes into town. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. That ballgame leads the Wolverines to their home, WAC opener when Grand Canyon comes to Orem on Friday.

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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