April 10, 2012
LOGAN, Utah -- Krystin Jachim belted two home runs for Utah Valley, but the Wolverines ended up on the wrong end of a back-and-forth game, falling to Utah State 8-7 Tuesday night at USU's Johnson Field. Trailing by one in the final inning, the Wolverines loaded the bases but were unable to manufacture the game-extending RBI.
"Pitching didn't get the job done today and we just couldn't come up with the one extra hit we needed. But all things considered we came close," said UVU head softball coach Todd Fairbourne. "Jachim tried to carry us but it wasn't quite enough."
UVU (24-13-1) held a 6-3 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, but Utah State (12-25) would rally from there, putting up three runs in the frame. After the Wolverines retired the first hitter of the inning, the next five Aggie batters would reach base, bringing in all three runs on singles to make the score 6-6.
Neither team would score in the fifth, and the Wolverines were blanked again in the sixth, stranding a runner in scoring position.
After giving up a leadoff double, UVU's Cassie Herrera looked to pitch herself out of a jam with runners on second and third and two away. But Jolene Koons of USU came through with a two-RBI single to put the Aggies up 8-6 and the Wolverines against the ropes.
Down to its final three outs, Krystin Jachim put UVU on the comeback trail when she led of the seventh inning with a home run down the left field line, her second of the ballgame. The next two Wolverine batters were retired, but reigning Pacific Coast Softball Conference Player of the Week Amanda Robinson kept the inning alive with a walk. Deianna Russell then roped a pinch-hit single and Jessica Uresti was hit by a pitch in the next at-bat to load the bases. The two-out rally would end there, though, as Aggie pitcher Mandy Harmon got Marie Williams to pop out the catcher to end the game.
UVU falls to 0-2 on the year against in-state rival Utah State, as the Wolverines dropped the home leg 3-1 in nine innings on April 3. In that game, Aggie pitcher Dani Chaplin struck out 11 UVU batters, but the Wolverines had greater success against the righty in this contest, tagging her with five earned runs.
Herrera (7-3), who came on in relief to pitch the final 2 2/3 innings, was saddled with the loss for UVU, while Harmon (7-13) picked up the win for the Aggies.
Jachim's 2-for-4 day with two homers and four RBI highlighted the Wolverines' day at the plate, while Stephanie Likos went 1-for-4 and drove in two.
UVU seemed to have the bats going early when Jachim opened the scoring in the top of the first with a three-run blast to straight-away center field. The homer brought in Marie Williams, who had reached on a bunt single, and Jamie North, who reached on a fielder's choice.
Utah Valley returns to action Wednesday, remaining on the road for a 6 p.m. contest at BYU. The meeting is the first of three between the Wolverines and Cougars, as the two schools recently agreed to add a game on May 1. UVU returns to league-play on Saturday, April 14 when it begins a four-game series at Seattle.