Utah Valley University dropped the first two of three games in its WAC series finale against New Mexico State on Friday, falling by scores of 6-3 and 15-6 at Wolverine Field.
Game one required extra innings after the Wolverines (14-36, 5-9) surrendered a two-run lead in the sixth, while game two was all Aggies (28-21, 10-4 WAC) from the get-go as they hung 15 runs on the scoreboard -- the most given up by UVU this season.
Shining through Friday's defeats, Amanda Robinson continued to swing a hot bat, hitting a home run in both of games. She now has 10 on the season, including seven over her last eight games. After entering the month with just one round-tripper to her name, the senior has now belted nine in the month of April.
The homers were the only hits of the game for Robinson, who went 1-for-3 in game one and 1-for-1 with two walks in game two.
Robinson's first blast came in her first at-bat of the day, pumping a shot to center field that scored Morgan Summers and gave the Wolverines a 2-1 lead. UVU took a 3-1 advantage when Debra Lovell hit a solo blast in the fifth inning, her sixth of the season.
But New Mexico State finally got to Wolverine starter Josi Summers in the sixth, scoring two runs to level things at 3-3. To that point, Summers had allowed only one run on two hits while striking out three. The 3-3 scoreline held over the next two frames as the game bled into extras. After a scoreless eighth, the visitors tacked on three more runs in the top of the ninth to outlast the Wolverines, 6-3, in game one.
Those three runs came in to score on just one hit in the inning as the Aggies took advantage of three UVU defensive errors — each of which occurred with two outs.
Game two started out offensively for both teams, with a total of eight runs being scored in the first frame. Robinson again homered in her first at-bat of the game, a solo shot that followed a sacrifice fly from Lovell that scored Brianna Gatlin from third.Comment on this story
The blast was not enough to keep pace with the Aggies who had scored six runs in their first at-bat and continued to add to that tally over the next four innings. UVU mounted a late rally, getting four runs in the bottom of the fifth, but it wasn't enough to stave off a defeat by run-rule as NM State held on for the 15-6 victory after five innings.
Josie Flores was the only Wolverine to tally multiple hits in game two. The freshman went 2-for-2 with two RBIs, scoring two with a double to right-center field in the fifth.
The two teams meet again Saturday at noon in the series finale. As the final home game of the season, Saturday is Senior Day and a ceremony honoring the Wolverines' four seniors will take place just prior to first pitch.
Kellen Hiser is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.