April 18, 2014
Game 1 Box Score
Game 2 Box Score
KANSAS CITY -- The Utah Valley University softball team snapped a six-game skid with a 6-4 win in game one, but couldn't duplicate the feat in game two as it fell 5-1 to split Friday's WAC doubleheader with Kansas City.
Debra Lovell and Amanda Robinson each drove in two runs between the two ballgames, with Robinson belting her team-high sixth home run in the second inning of the series opener. At the time, the shot was the fourth in the last five games for the senior catcher who would go on to post a 3-for-3 day with two RBI and three runs scored to begin the series.
Robinson's bomb gave Utah Valley (13-30, 5-6 WAC) a 2-1 advantage early in game one -- a lead it would never relinquish. The Wolverines tacked on three more runs in the fourth inning, a scoring stretch that was initiated by Robinson's second RBI of the game when her single scored Lovell from third. Lovell had led off the frame with a basehit and was pushed to third when Haiely Kofler doubled to right. Following Robinson's run scoring base knock, Erin Romero notched an infield single to score Kofler from third. Advancing to third during on Romero's hit, Robinson then stole home to put the Wolverines up 5-1.
A double to center off the bat of Robinson in the sixth inning, her third hit of the day, set the stage for Dynasty Lauvai's pinch-hit, RBI single. That run put UVU ahead 6-1, giving them some breathing room to stave off what became a late UMKC (15-32, 3-7 WAC) rally.
The Kangaroos scored three runs in the sixth inning, chasing Wolverine starter Josi Summers from the ballgame after a strong outing of 5.1 innings. Two doubles, a single, and a walk allowed UMKC to score three in the frame before freshman Bailey Moore entered the game to stem the tide. Despite giving up two walks initially, Moore was able to get two strikeouts to end the frame without further damage. She would then go on to retire the side in order in the seventh to seal her first career save.
Summers improved to 7-14 with the win, striking out eight Kangaroos over her 5.1 innings of work as UVU snapped a six-game losing streak.
The Wolverine bats fell silent in game two, however, as they could muster only three hits against UMKC starter Katie Kelley. The junior threw a complete game and struck out three UVU hitters, at one point retiring 11 consecutive Wolverines. The masterful performance was enough to outduel Moore's own strong start as the freshman threw all six innings and did not allow a UMKC run until the fifth.
Moore's solid performance in the circle allowed Utah Valley to sit on a 1-0 lead for nearly five innings as the lone Wolverine run of the game came in on Lovell's RBI groundout in the first. However, the Kangaroos finally got to Moore in the fifth, pushing a run across on an infield groundout following a double and a single earlier in the frame.
UVU was unable to manufacture anything at the plate in the subsequent innings, going down in order in both the sixth and seventh. UMKC answered in the seventh, promptly loading the bases before an out could be recorded. Two walks and a throwing error put the Wolverines in the late-game jam, and Caitlin Christopher made them pay when she lifted a walk-off grand slam over the left field fence.
Robinson, Kelli Fox, and Morgan Summers were the only UVU batters to record hits in game two. Fox and Summers had each gone 1-for-4 in game one.
The rubber game of the WAC series will be played at 11 a.m. on Saturday.