PROVO — A first-inning home run by Amanda Robinson gave Utah Valley University an early lead at BYU Tuesday evening, but the Cougars (36-13) came from behind to defeat the Wolverines (29-23-1), 3-1, at Gail Miller Field.
The two neighboring schools will close their season series Wednesday with another single game at Wolverine Field in Orem at 5 p.m.
"Megan Peay rebounded from a tough start and threw a very solid game," said UVU head coach Todd Fairbourne. "She, along with Kelli Fox, stepped in for some injured starters and were solid on both sides of the ball."
"We just couldn't come up with the big hit later in the game."
Robinson's solo shot came with two outs in the first inning to give the Wolverines the early advantage, but BYU responded with a run of its own in the bottom of the frame to tie the contest at 1-1.
The Cougars, who have won 12 of their last 13 ballgames, then got a go-ahead two-run home run from Katie Manuma in the third inning to go on top 3-1.
The Wolverines threatened in the third and the fifth, as they had multiple base runners in each frame but couldn't score as BYU starter Hannah Howell pitched out of each jam.
Pitcher Megan Peay (5-3) was the tough-luck loser for UVU as she went the distance and allowed just four hits and three runs. Howell picked up the win for the Cougars as she gave up just six hits and one run to improve to 17-7 on the year.
Peay also led UVU at the plate as she went a perfect 3 for 3 after coming into the contest with just one hit on the season. Besides Robinson's homer, the newly named Great West Conference Player of the Week Kylee Brinkerhoff and Kelli Fox also recorded hits for the Wolverines, while BYU was led by JC Clayton's two-hit game.
Wednesday's contest against BYU at Wolverine Field will be the final home game for UVU in 2012.
James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit www.WolverineGreen.com