UVU softball: Wolverines come up empty in twin bill at Utah

By Kellen Hiser

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, April 21 2014 10:17 p.m. MDT

Amanda Robinson connects for one of her two home runs Monday night at Utah Softball Stadium.

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Utah Valley University fell in both games of a non-conference doubleheader at the University of Utah Monday night, dropping contests by scores of 14-4 and 12-3.

Despite the outcomes, UVU's Amanda Robinson stood out in both contests. The senior homered in each game, going a combined 3-for-5 with five RBIs. Both long balls came in her first at-bat of either game, giving her five home runs over her last six contests and seven this month. Over that six-game span, Robinson is a combined 10-for-15 with 11 RBIs.

"Amanda has been playing awesome," UVU head coach Nikki Palmer said. "She made a small adjustment to her swing before Idaho State (a game in which she had two home runs) and it's paid off big for her. She's been very committed to the things we've been working on and she's enjoying what she's doing."

Robinson has been at home at the recently opened Utah Softball Stadium as she went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs in last year's meeting — the first-ever game played at the venue.

Dynasty Lauvai was the only other Wolverine to drive in a run Monday, scoring a pair with a single in the second inning of the nightcap. After Megan Peay singled to open the frame and Kelli Fox reached on a hit-by-pitch, Erin Romero laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to slide the runners into scoring position for Lauvai's at-bat. At the time, the base hit put the Wolverines (13-33) out in front, 3-2.

Dara Rahm notched a double in both games as part of her three combined hits on the night.

Utah (22-20) scored runs in all but one of the nine innings it came to bat as it hung a combined 25 runs on the scoreboard to come away with both wins via the run-rule. The Utes improve to 4-0 against UVU this season and 5-0 against in-state competition.

Freshman Bailey Moore suffered the loss in both games after starting game one and coming on in relief in game two. She threw 4.3 innings and allowed 15 hits while walking two. Kelsey Lawton twirled 1.1 innings in game one, and Rahm threw one complete in game two. Kailey Christensen, game two's original starter, and Josi Summers threw less than an inning in the nightcap.

Utah Valley faces another in-state foe when it hosts Southern Utah in an afternoon doubleheader at Wolverine Field on Wednesday. Game one is scheduled for 1 p.m. MT and kicks off UVU's final home stand of the 2014 season. A three-game series with New Mexico State, concluding WAC play, begins Friday.

"We're just going to need to focus on finding our passion and working hard heading into SUU," Palmer said. "It's a chance to prepare for conference — and the season is really all about conference — but we've still got to have the will to win."

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