GREENSBORO, N.C. — Utah Valley University junior Tiffany Mills pitched a complete game shutout and the Wolverine offense slugged out four home runs in the opener of the North Carolina A&T Softball Invitational on Friday morning as UVU defeated Youngstown State 8-0 in five innings.
Mills allowed just three hits, stuck out a batter and walked four but did not allow a run. With the victory in the circle she improved to 4-2 on the young season while as a team UVU improved to 4-3 overall.
"Mills had a few issues with her control but threw good pitches when she needed to and pitched a great game," said UVU head coach Todd Fairbourne. "We also played solid defense and hit the ball well. This was exactly the type of game that I think we are capable of having as we continue to mature."
UVU's Amanda Robinson hit two of the four round trippers for the Wolverines in the contest, as she started the scoring with a two-run shot in the first and added a solo homer in the third. Breanna English and Jessica Uresti also added solo homers as English and Uresti hit both hit their first big flies in a UVU uniform in the second and third innings respectively.
The Wolverines then tacked on two unearned runs in the fourth and Kylee Brinkerhoff delivered the final run of the game in the last of the fifth with a double to left centerfield that scored Krystin Jachim.
Robinson, Brinkerhoff and Jachim all finished with two hits apiece to lead UVU. Robinson ended her day by going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBIs. Uresti also had a big game from the leadoff spot as she went 1-for-1 with two walks, three runs scored and an RBI. Jordan Ingalls had two of YSU's (2-2) three hits to lead the Penguins.
In the second game of the day against Western Carolina, the contest made it through the second inning tied at zero when rain halted the remainder of the game until Saturday at 7 a.m. The contest will pick up right where it left off Saturday morning and the rest of the previously scheduled games will be pushed back to accommodate the remainder of the UVU-WCU game to be played.
The Wolverines are also scheduled to play Marist College Saturday morning and host N.C. A&T Saturday afternoon with starting times depending on when the previous games conclude. The tournament championship game will then be played Sunday at 11 a.m.
James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.