LOS ANGELES — The Utah Valley University softball team dropped a doubleheader at Loyola Marymount University, 7-2 and 8-3, on Sunday afternoon. With the sweep of the twin bill, LMU took three of four in the series after the Wolverines' series-opening win on Saturday.
"We played all right but I don't know if we had the energy we needed," said UVU head coach Todd Fairbourne. "We're still learning. Kids are maturing, finding their places and getting better. We have to learn not only to get better but also to win games like these."
In game one, Loyola Marymount (7-3) scored twice in each of the first two innings. Sam Fischer hit a two-run home run in the first before the Lions took advantage of a two-out error and a wild pitch to plate a pair of unearned runs.
In the third, Jamie North and Breanna English had back-to-back singles and moved up on a sac-bunt by Kylee Brinkerhoff. Schulz then delivered her double to left to get UVU on the board and make it 4-2.
LMU got some insurance with a three-run fifth for the final 7-2 tally; Samantha Nelson had an RBI single and Skylar Segura a two-run double.
In the finale, Perez's home run, her third of the series, knotted the game at 1-1 in the second, but that run was answered with a solo shot by Jennifer Olivares.
Sterling Shuster's two-run double highlighted a three-run fourth for the Lions to push the LMU lead to 5-1.
The Wolverines cut the deficit in half with two in the top of the sixth, on RBIs from Amanda Robinson and Perez, but a three-run home run in the bottom of the inning by Kelly Sarginson gave the Lions a five-run cushion. Like Utah Valley, Loyola Marymount is a member of the Pacific Coast Softball Conference. LMU is in the Coastal Division, while the Wolverines hail from the Mountain Division. The weekend series does not count as part of the conference record.
The Wolverines now head to Greensboro, N.C., for a tournament at North Carolina A&T State University starting Friday.
James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.