March 11, 2012
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Utah Valley and Rider ended in a 2-2 draw Sunday morning at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla., due to heavy rainfall. The Wolverines (10-4-1) were also schedule to play Lafayette on the day but the contest was cancelled because of the wet weather and will not be made up.
"We weren't sharp out of the gate and the result was two Rider runs that ultimately cost us a victory," UVU head coach Todd Fairbourne said.
Entering the day, the Wolverines had won six consecutive games but by taking a tie and not a loss on Sunday UVU is still an impressive 4-0-1 so far at the tournament. The Wolverines will have an off-day on Monday and will play two more games on Tuesday against Fairleigh Dickinson and Columbia and two more on Wednesday versus Lafayette and Army.
Tiffany Mills saw her school record scoreless inning streak come to an end in the first frame at 20 innings as the Broncs (2-9-1) managed to score an unearned run off of the Wolverine junior starting pitcher.
It then took until the third inning for Mills' streak without allowing an earned run to end as Rider's Gina McCool drove home the first earned run off of Mills in 21 and two-thirds innings of work. That mark is also a Wolverine school record.
With UVU trailing 2-0, its offense finally got going in the fourth inning. Amanda Robinson started the rally by drawing a leadoff walk and Deianna Russell followed it up with a single. Two batters later Krystin Jachim also singled to load the bases. Breanna English then brought home the first run of the contest for the Wolverines by drawing a bases loaded walk and Stephanie Likos drove home the tying run by hitting into a fielder's choice.
Mills and Rider's starter Rachael Matreale then put up zeros the rest of the way to keep the score tied.
With the game destined for extra innings, it was called as the eighth inning was ready to begin due to rain.