Utah Valley University surrendered 11 runs in the sixth inning, snapping a 3-3 deadlock and giving Grand Canyon the WAC series sweep in a 14-4 loss Saturday.
"We've just got to be better," UVU head coach Nikki Palmer said. "We made too many mistakes this weekend."
Despite the loss, senior Amanda Robinson made Utah Valley history when she connected for her 32nd career home run to become the program's all-time leader in the category.
Robinson's all-time blast came in the fourth inning shortly after an Erin Romero solo homer down the left field line. After Megan Peay walked, Robinson drove the second pitch of her at-bat over the left field fence, giving the Wolverines a 3-2 lead. The senior passes former Wolverine great Amanda Perez who had previously held the top spot with 31 career home runs.
"That was awesome," Palmer said of Robinson's achievement. "It's a huge accomplishment for her and I know there's more to come as she closes out her career here. Congratulations to Amanda."
Romero finished the game 2-for-2 to go along with her home run — her second of the series, both of which came off reigning WAC Pitcher of the Week Stephanie Pesqueira.
After UVU (12-26, 4-5 WAC) took the lead, GCU (22-17, 7-2 WAC) responded in the fifth with a single run to tie the score. That deadlock held through the bottom half and into the sixth where the Antelopes got hot, scoring 11 runs to end the game in that same inning by virtue of the run rule.Comment on this story
The loss marks the first time since 2011 the Wolverines have suffered a sweep in a series of three games or more against a single opponent.
Four pitchers saw action for Utah Valley, led by four full innings from senior Josi Summers. Dara Rahm also threw a frame while Kailey Christensen — who suffered the loss Saturday — and Kelsey Lawton appeared for less than an inning. GCU scored 14 runs on 13 hits, but only six of those runs were earned as the `Lopes benefitted from four Woverine errors in the game.
UVU is back in action when it faces in-state rival Utah on Monday in a doubleheader series at Wolverine Field. The games mark the annual Pink for a Purpose charity event, with all proceeds going to Hit 4 Life and breast cancer research. The first game is set for 2 p.m. MT.
Kellen Hiser is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.