March 12, 2007
Moraga, CA - Corie Jensen did it all for the Utah Valley State softball team in the final day of the Saint Mary's Invitational. The Wolverine junior went 3-for-5 with two RBI in two games and pitched UV to the Saint Mary's Invitational championship by striking out four and scattering eight hits in a 3-2 victory over Saint Mary's on Sunday.
To get to the championship game Utah Valley beat Idaho State 7-3 earlier in the day.
"The last two days were more about the team Utah Valley State," coach Todd Fairbourne said. "Today it was about individuals when others weren't at their best. I wasn't overjoyed with our performance today, in either game. But the reality is at least we are getting better because we would have lost these games a month ago."
The Wolverines went 5-0 this weekend and upped their record to 8-11. This is Utah Valley's first tourney win as a Division I program.
Jensen was named MVP of the tournament while Sara Roskelley, Jamie Tonis and Cheryl McGraw were named to the All-Tournament team.
In five games, Jensen hit .563 with nine RBI and one homerun. In the circle, she struck out 14 in two games.
"If Corie doesn't throw the game she does, we don't win," Fairbourne said. "Corie has that competitiveness and desire. She did everything between pitching and hitting. Overlooked was some very good base running in that last game."
McGraw hit .474 while Roskelley and Tonis each hit .333 with seven and five RBI, respectively.
In the championship game, the score was tied through three innings. In the fourth, UV took a 2-0 lead after Jensen opened the inning with a single to left field. Tonis then followed with a double to right center that scored Jensen.
After a sacrifice bunt by Dyer, Roskelley sacrificed Tonis home to give UV the 2-0 advantage. The Gaels scored a run in the fifth and the Wolverines answered with another run in the top of the seventh to extend their lead to 3-1.
Saint Mary's threatened to win the game in the bottom half of the inning as they loaded the bases with one out. After a sacrifice fly that scored one run, Jensen fanned Chelsea Loftis to end the game and give UV the victory.
Against Idaho State, the Wolverines gave up two runs in the top of the first inning. UV then countered with a run in the bottom half of the inning thanks to an RBI single by McGraw that scored Jasmine Joyce.
UV loaded the bases with no outs to open the second inning after Lindsay Dyer was hit by a pitch, Roberts walked and Sara Roskelley reached on an error. After ISU retired the next two batters, McGraw smacked a two-out single to right field to give Utah Valley a 3-2 lead.
The Bengals tied the game at three in the fourth inning but Roskelley hit a sacrifice RBI scoring, Jensen to give the Wolverines a 4-3 lead in the fifth. Utah Valley added four runs in the sixth on two hits and two Bengal errors to seal the victory.
Utah Valley returns to the field on Tuesday, hosting Utah at 3 p.m. UV then travels to New Mexico for three games on Saturday and Sunday.
"Our next eight games are no picnic," Fairbourne said. "Hopefully this will springboard us into being able to compete against the next level of opponents."