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UVU Downs Sacred Heart 8-0 and Manhattan 4-1
March 10, 2012
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Tiffany Mills pitched her second one-hit shutout of the young season as the Utah Valley University softball team cruised to an 8-0 win in five innings over Sacred Heart at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla., on Saturday. Later in the day the Wolverines (10-4) followed it up by defeating Manhattan 4-1 for their sixth consecutive win, which ties an NCAA Division I school record.
"Mills and Herrera where the difference again today. But it was nice to see the bats perk up a bit," UVU head coach Todd Fairbourne said. "Jachim came up big all day as Robinson and Perez were constantly pitched around. Uresti, Brinkerhoff, and English also had good days at the plate."
In the first game of the day against the Pioneers (3-11), Mills extended her current scoreless inning streak to 19 by pitching her fourth complete game shutout of the season. The shutout was also the Wolverines' fifth as a team for the year, which is an NCAA Division I school record.
In five innings of work Mills dominated the reigning Northeast Conference Champions as she faced just 19 batters, which was just four over the minimum. The lone hit that the Wolverine junior allowed was a bunt single by Jade Bowins in the first inning. The only other three Pioneers reached base via two UVU errors and a walk. Mills also struck out four batters in the contest.
Offensively in the contest the Wolverines scored four runs in the second and four more in the fourth inning. Breanna English and Krystin Jachim each finished with two hits apiece as English went a perfect 2-for-2 with a two-RBI double and two runs scored while Jachim went 2-for-3 and added an RBI and a run scored. Marie Williams also had a good outing as she drove home two runs of her own.
In the second game of the day against the Jaspers (0-4), the contest was all tied at 1-1 entering the seventh inning. Kylee Brinkerhoff then helped jumpstart the Wolverine offense in the top of the seventh inning as she started the rally with a single. Jessica Uresti then drove home the go-ahead run with an RBI double. After Utah Valley managed to load the bases, Jachim drove home two insurance runs with a two-RBI single to give the Wolverines a 4-1 lead.
In the last of the seventh, Cassie Herrera was looking for her second complete game in the circle in as many days but ran into a little bit of a jam and Mills came on in relief for the final out to pick up her second save of the year. Herrera pitched six and two-thirds and gave up just one earned run while striking out five to earn her second win of the season.
The lone run scored in the game by the Jaspers snapped a 32-inning scoreless streak by the UVU pitching staff that dated back to the Marist College game on Feb. 25, which was another Division I school record.
The Wolverines will continue play at the Rebel Spring Games Sunday with two more contests against Rider at 9 a.m. ET and Lafayette at 11 a.m. ET.