POCATELLO, Idaho — A two-out RBI hit from Kylee Brinkerhoff in the seventh inning of the second game of a doubleheader gave Utah Valley University a late 5-4 advantage over Pacific Coast Softball Conference foe Idaho State University Saturday.
It wasn't enough, however, as ISU's Amanda Fitzsimmons hit a two-out walk-off home run in the bottom of the frame to give the Bengals (12-34, 6-12 PCSC) a twinbill sweep, 6-1 and 6-5.
"Idaho State did what they needed to do and we didn't," UVU head coach Todd Fairbourne said. "The girls fought and gave themselves a chance to win that second game but we just couldn't make it happen. One mistake was the ultimate difference and Fitzsimmons made us pay for it.
"We're making too many significant mistakes along the way. We couldn't get bunts down and some of our kids are having a hard time making decent throws. It hurt to lose this way but overall I actually felt good about how things went."
UVU (27-22-1, 8-10 PCSC) fell behind 2-0 early on in the second game after the Bengals scored a run in the first and another in the second.
The Wolverines then responded in the third as they loaded the bases with no outs and Amanda Robinson drove home the first run via an RBI groundout and Krystin Jachim delivered a big hit with a three-run homer to left center to give UVU a 4-2 lead. The round tripper was Jachim's ninth of the season.
The Bengals made it a 4-3 ballgame in the bottom of the third and then tied the game at 4-4 in the fourth after a leadoff solo homer from Shaundee Garrett.
The score remained the same until the seventh. Maddy Schulz led off the seventh inning for the Wolverines with a double and Brinkerhoff plated her with a clutch two-out RBI single to left to give UVU the late 5-4 lead.
The Wolverines couldn't hold the lead in the last of the inning, however, as Fitzsimmons managed delivered the two-out homer to seal the win for the Bengals
Cassie Herrera started in the circle and allowed two earned runs (four total) in four innings while Megan Peay (5-2) pitched the final 2 2/3 innings and was tagged with the loss after she gave up the homer to Fitzsimmons.
Fitzsimmons (11-11) also picked up her second win in the circle for ISU on the day as she pitched the final 4 1/3 innings and gave up just two hits and one earned run.
Brinkerhoff and Schulz each finished with two hits to lead UVU, while the Bengals were led by Fitzsimmons' 2-for-4 performance.
In the opener, UVU's Tiffany Mills and ISU's Fitzsimmons both pitched very well in the first couple innings as the game remained scoreless until the fourth. That inning the Bengals capitalized on two UVU defensive miscues by scoring four unearned runs to jump out to a 4-0 advantage.
Utah Valley bounced back with a run of its own in the fifth as Brinkerhoff doubled to start the inning and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Amanda Perez two batters later to make it a 4-1 contest.
ISU countered with two more insurance runs in the last of the fifth thanks to a two-RBI single from Gabby Lopez to give the Bengals a 6-1 lead. That's where the game remained until the end as Idaho State also pulled out the first game of the series, 6-1.
Mills (14-14) pitched into the fifth inning and allowed just two earned runs (six total) but suffered the loss as ISU's Fitzsimmons pitched a complete game six-hitter and allowed no earned runs (one total) to pick up the win.
Marie Williams led UVU offensively in the first game by going 2 for 2, while Becky Simonsen and Vicky Galasso led the Bengals by each recording two hits apiece.
UVU and ISU will both conclude PCSC play Sunday with another doubleheader in Pocatello beginning at 12 p.m.
James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit www.WolverineGreen.com.