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Wolverines Swept by New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM - The Utah Valley State softball team lost 12-1 in five innings and 6-5 in 10 innings to New Mexico on Sunday. The two losses dropped Utah Valley-€™s record to 5-10.
The Wolverines had a chance to win the 10-inning game. They led 3-1 after three and 4-3 going into the bottom of the seventh inning before several Wolverine mistakes gave the Lobos the victory.
Utah Valley had 13 hits in the game. Eight came from Chris Jimenez, Rachel Hartgrove and Cari Hamilton.
After falling behind 1-0 after the second inning, the Wolverines rallied with three runs in the third inning to take a 3-1 lead. Lauren Eppich started the inning off with a double to right field. Following a sacrifice bunt by Kaeleigh Forsyth, Jimenez doubled to center field, scoring Eppich to tie the game at one.
Hamilton then smacked a singled to right and Hartgrove followed with a double, scoring Jimenez and Hamilton.
New Mexico tied the game at three in the fifth inning. Utah Valley regained the lead at 4-3 with another run in the sixth inning. Hartgrove led off the inning with a double and Kaylie Neal, who was pinch running for Hartgrove, later scored on a throwing error by the New Mexico catcher.
New Mexico sent the game into extra innings with a run in the seventh inning. Neither team scored in the extra stanza until the 10 th inning.
Hamilton led off the 10 th with a single and then with one out Heidi Boyer doubled to center field, scoring Hamilton from second base.
Emily Zupan followed Boyers hit with a single to left field before New Mexico was able to get out of the inning.
In the bottom of the 10 th, Utah Valley retired the first two New Mexico batters before they committed two errors and allowed two hits to give New Mexico the win.
In the first game Utah Valley fell behind 11-0 before they were able to score its run.
Utah Valley State returns to action next Saturday and Sunday when they play at OU Worth Invitational, hosted by No. 10 Oklahoma.