March 10, 2007
Moraga, CA- The Utah Valley State softball team won its third straight game on Saturday, beating host school Saint Mary's 9-2 in the second day of the Saint Mary's Invitational. The win gives the Wolverines the No. 1 seed going into Sunday's single elimination tournament.
The Wolverines pounded out 10 hits and got strong pitching from freshman Ashly Forsberg and Heidi Boyer to secure the win. Forsberg earned her first win of her young collegiate career by scattering six hits and striking out two in five and 2/3 innings.
Corie Jensen, Jamie Tonis and Sara Roskelley each had two hits. Roskelley also had three RBI while Boyer and Tonis had two.
"That was nothing less than a complete team win," Utah Valley State coach Todd Fairbourne said. "Ashly came back and threw a pretty solid game. Boyer did a solid job closing it out. Right now it is going pretty good. I hope we can finish it tomorrow in the tourney. We set a goal at the start of the year to win this tourney. We put ourselves in the position to do that. We haven't won anything yet but I am very pleased with the overall performance."
After falling behind 1-0 in the third inning, the Wolverines rallied to take the lead at 2-1after the top of the fourth thanks to a two-run homerun by Boyer. Cherylyn McGraw opened the inning with a single to right field to set up Boyer's bomb.
Saint Mary's threatened to score in the fourth as they had runners at the corners with one out. But Forsberg got out of the inning by forcing the Gaels to pop up to third and short.
UV then extended its lead in the sixth as Madi Bowen
opened with a single and Jensen followed with a double off the center field fence. Tonis then singled home Bowen to up the lead to 3-1. The scoring continued when Roskelley singled to right, plating Jensen. Natalie Paulsen
then flew out to left field but Tonis was able to score on the play, giving Utah Valley a 5-1 lead.
After Saint Mary's scored a run in the bottom of the sixth, the Wolverines answered by hitting through the order and scoring four runs in the top of the seventh to take a 9-2 lead. McGraw started the inning by reaching base on a Gaels fielding error to open the inning. She later scored on an RBI single by Tonis.
Tonis, Jensen and Lindsay Dyer scored the final three runs for the Wolverines.
The Wolverines conclude the invitational on Sunday in the single elimination tournament at Noon (MST). If they Wolverines win they will play for the championship at 2:30 (MST).