Wolverines claim two more, move to 4-0 in Winter Haven

WOLVERINEGREENDOTCOM Brianna Gatlin drove in five runs in two games Sunday at the Rebel Spring Games
Brianna Gatlin drove in five runs in two games Sunday at the Rebel Spring Games

March 9, 2014

Box Score vs. Siena

Box Score vs. Saint Peter's

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- Utah Valley University moved to 4-0 at the Rebel Spring Games with another pair of wins on Sunday. UVU topped a pair of MAAC foes, beating Siena 3-1 in game one before outmuscling Saint Peter's 9-5 in game two.

"The team just really came together today and capitalized on big moments," said head coach Nikki Palmer. "We had a bit of a slow start in the second game but we did what we needed to do to gather the momentum and play the way we know we can play. The girls are really excited to be on a winning streak and to see the fruits of their labor."

Another great hitting day from a pair of freshmen lifted the Wolverines (4-13) to their second sweep in as many days as Brianna Gatlin went a combined 5-for-7 with a home run and five RBI between the two contests. Meanwhile, Hailey Kofler -- who hit two home runs in Saturday's win over Manhattan -- connected for another big fly as she pieced together a 3-for-6 day with four RBI. Gatlin and Kofler combined to drive in nine of UVU's 12 runs on Sunday.

Also driving in runs on day two of the Rebel Spring Games were Jamie North, Amanda Robinson, and Brittney Vansway.

Not to be outdone by the hot sticks, the Wolverine pitching staff also stepped up. Both freshman Bailey Moore and junior Josi Summers earned victories on Sunday, with neither allowing an earned run in 10.1 innings pitched. Moore fanned eight against SPU while Summers send four batters from Siena down on strikes.



Senior Dara Rahm came on in relief in both games, earning a save against the Saints in game one. In all, Rahm threw 3.0 innings on Sunday, allowing five hits and striking a pair along the way.

After two scoreless innings against Siena, UVU finally broke through in the top of the third thanks to Kofler's two-run shot. It was her third home run in her last two games.

The two-run advantage held until the bottom of the sixth when the Saints broke through for one run against Rahm. It was all Siena would get, though, as the Wolverines tacked on an insurance run in the top of the seventh after North's RBI single and Rahm shut the door in the bottom half to seal the win. It was the first career save for Rahm and the first save for any Wolverine this season.

UVU had a little more work to do against the Peacocks of SPU, falling behind 2-0 before it even had a chance to bat. But the Wolverines covered that ground and them some in the bottom half of the fourth, plating four runs to take the lead. Kofler and Vansway each plated runners before Gatlin's two-RBI single broke the deadlock.

SPU scored a pair more to pull level in the top of the second -- a deadlock that would stand until the bottom of the fourth inning. A bunt single from Morgan Summers began the inning, and after Dynasty Lauvai popped out and Kelli Fox went down swinging, Kofler came through again. Her two-out double brought Summers all the way around to score and put UVU ahead 5-4.

Another Peacock run in the top of the fifth tied things at five, but Gatlin put the Wolverines ahead for good with a leadoff home run in the bottom half of the inning. It was the first career blast for the true freshman.

Three more Utah Valley runs came in to score in the top of the seventh, giving UVU nine total runs for the second time in its previous three games.

The Wolverines will take Monday off before looking to extend their winning streak with two more games on Tuesday. UVU opens the day against Creighton at 11 p.m. MT before a rematch with Siena at 1 p.m.