March 14, 2014
Box Score vs. Albany
Box Score vs. Howard
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- Josi Summers threw her first career no-hitter as Utah Valley University closed its stint at the Rebel Spring Games with a pair of wins. Summers' no-no helped UVU top Albany by a score of 3-0 before the Wolverine bats came alive against Howard in a 16-2 victory.
Despite losing two games on Tuesday to rain, the Wolverines (7-14) matched last season's stellar mark at the Games, going 7-1 in Winter Haven.
"The girls played hard today and really worked to secure both wins," said UVU head coach Nikki Palmer. "Josi had an incredible day in the circle and the defense played solid and confident behind her. The girls reached many of the goals that we had set out before the week including getting our first win, stealing 14 bases, hitting six home runs, and getting a shutout."
Jamie North connected for two home runs on Thursday, including a solo shot that got UVU on the board against Albany 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning. Dynasty Lauvai was able to scamper home on a Great Danes fielding error and Debra Lovell also drove in a run in the fifth inning to give Summers more than enough breathing room in the circle.
The senior threw all seven innings, striking out eight Great Danes and allowing no hits for her first no-hitter in a Wolverine uniform. Summer's dominance was enough to stave off of another quality pitching display from her Albany counterpart Brittany MacFawn. MacFawn also struck out eight, but allowed two earned runs in her own complete-game effort.
In game two, UVU streaked past Howard behind a season-high 14 hits and 15 RBI. Five Wolverines posted multi-RBI outings, led by Brianna Gatlin's game-high five. Hailey Kofler drove in three more while Debra Lovell, Jamie North, and Megan Peay each brought in two. North's two RBI came by way of her second home run of the day, a two-run blast that put the finishing touches on UVU's nine-run sixth inning.
Holding onto a 7-2 lead, the Wolverines blew the game open by rattling off nine straight runs without an out being recorded. All nine runs came through via extra base hits as Megan Peay
, Gatlin, and Kofler ripped two-RBI doubles before North sent her second dinger of the day over the wall.
Kailey Christensen earned her first win of the season against Howard, coming on in relief of Summers in the fourth inning. The sophomore transfer threw 3.0 innings and allowed just one run while striking out three.
For the week, UVU put together a stellar mark of 7-1. In its eight games, Utah Valley batted .300 as a team while the pitching staff compiled a 1.62 ERA. The Wolverines hit six home runs, getting three from Kofler -- the reigning WAC Player of the Week. Gatlin turned in UVU's best batting average at the Games, hitting .519 with a team-leading 14 RBI.
The Wolveirnes will have only a short time to recover from its return trip to Utah as they host the home opener on Tuesday, March 18 against Utah State. The doubleheader with the Aggies gets underway at Wolverine Field at 1 p.m. MT.