UVU tops Creighton in Winter Haven, falls to Siena for week's first loss

WOLVERINEGREENDOTCOM Morgan Summers went 4-for-7 with two RBI in two games on Tuesday
Morgan Summers went 4-for-7 with two RBI in two games on Tuesday

March 12, 2014

Box Score vs. Creighton

Box Score vs. Siena

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- The Utah Valley University softball team pushed its winning streak to five games with a 4-1 win over Creighton at the Rebel Spring Games on Tuesday, but suffered its first loss of the tournament against Siena in the day's second game, 7-4.

Powering UVU (5-14) to its win over Creighton was reigning WAC Pitcher of the Week, Josi Summers. The senior picked up her third win in as many starts at the Games, going the distance and allowing only one run on four hits to the Bluejays. Summers faced only 25 batters, fanning six and walking only two in 7.0 innings of work.

Backing up Summers' stellar outing, freshman Brianna Gatlin and Dynasty Lauvai combined for four hits and an RBI. Gatlin went 2-for-2 and drove in a run in the bottom of the fourth while Lauvai finished 2-for-4 with a run scored. Morgan Summers got the Wolverines on the board in the bottom of the second inning with her first RBI of the season and Jamie North also drove home a run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the third.

The four runs were more than enough for Summers who allowed the only Creighton run of the game in the seventh inning with the Wolverines already nursing a 4-0 advantage.

With the win, Utah Valley claimed its fifth straight victory and improved to a perfect 5-0 at the halfway point of the Rebel Spring Games.

In Tuesday's second game, the Wolverines looked for its second win against Siena this week after picking up a 3-1 win over the Saints on Sunday. But Siena exacted some revenge on Tuesday, jumping out to a quick 4-0 advantage in the first inning. The Saints manufactured three hits, all singles, off UVU pitcher Bailey Moore in their half of the first inning, resulting in four runs by virtue of a passed ball and theft of home plate with two outs.



Faced with a big deficit, UVU answered with four runs of its own in its very next at-bat. Brittney Vasnway got the top of the second going with a double to left field and was plated two batters later on Morgan Summers' RBI single. Summers, aided by a fielding error, then came around to score on North's single. Erin Romero worked a walk to put runners on first and third, setting the table for Lauvai's two-RBI single into centerfield, tying the game at 4-4.

However, the Wolverines wouldn't score again in the contest, being held without another run over the next five innings by Siena pitcher Jessika-Jo Sandrini. She struck out seven and walked only three in the complete game effort.

The Saints would strike again in the bottom of the second and add insurance runs in the fourth and fifth.

Moore was saddled with the loss, falling to 1-3 on the season, and was relieved in the third inning by fellow freshman Kelsey Lawton. Lawton struck out four and allowed three hits in 4.0 innings pitched.

The Rebel Spring Games rolls on for UVU Wednesday with a pair of early contests. The Wolverines take on Indiana State at 7 a.m. MT before wrapping up the day against Saint Peter's at 11 a.m. UVU defeated SPU, 9-5, earlier this week.