Softball slated for busy week at Rebel Spring Games

WOLVERINEGREENDOTCOM Rachael Schoonmaker
WOLVERINEGREENDOTCOM
Rachael Schoonmaker
WOLVERINEGREENDOTCOM

March 7, 2014

OREM, Utah -- Utah Valley University will play its final non-conference tournament at the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando, Fla., which begins Saturday against Sacred Heart at 12 p.m. MT. Facing a large field and jam-packed schedule, UVU will play 10 games against eight teams and do so in a six-day span.

The Wolverines (0-13) will play a doubleheader on each day they are in action with their lone `off' day coming Monday, March 10. This is the third consecutive year that UVU has appeared at the Games, holding an all-time mark of 14-2-1. Last season, Utah Valley nearly completed a perfect trip, but suffered its lone loss of the week in the finale against Columbia. The Lions topped the Wolverines 1-0 in spite of Josi Summers' complete game, one-hit performance in the circle.

The Last Meeting
Manhattan1
Utah Valley4
March 10, 2012
Kissimmee, Florida
UVU Downs Sacred Heart 8-0 and Manhattan 4-1
Tiffany Mills pitched her second one-hit shutout of the young season as the Utah Valley University softball team cruised to an 8-0 win in five innings over Sacred Heart at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla., on Saturday. Later in the day the Wolverines (10-4) followed it up by defeating Manhattan 4-1 for their sixth consecutive win, which ties an NCAA Division I school record.

The Last Meeting
Sacred Heart0  
Utah Valley8(5)
March 10, 2012
Kissimmee, Florida
UVU Downs Sacred Heart 8-0 and Manhattan 4-1
Tiffany Mills pitched her second one-hit shutout of the young season as the Utah Valley University softball team cruised to an 8-0 win in five innings over Sacred Heart at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla., on Saturday. Later in the day the Wolverines (10-4) followed it up by defeating Manhattan 4-1 for their sixth consecutive win, which ties an NCAA Division I school record.

The Last Meeting
St. Peter's3  
Utah Valley12(5)
March 13, 2013
Kissimmee, Florida
11-run inning highlights pair of wins for UVU
After sweeping two contests at the Rebel Spring Games Tuesday, the Utah Valley University softball team duplicated the feat Wednesday. UVU defeated Saint Peter's 12-3 in five innings and followed that up with a 4-2 win over Wagner later that morning.

The Last Meeting
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Indiana State8(5)
February 24, 2008
Las Cruces, N.M.

The Last Meeting
St. Peter's3  
Utah Valley12(5)
March 13, 2013
Kissimmee, Florida
11-run inning highlights pair of wins for UVU
After sweeping two contests at the Rebel Spring Games Tuesday, the Utah Valley University softball team duplicated the feat Wednesday. UVU defeated Saint Peter's 12-3 in five innings and followed that up with a 4-2 win over Wagner later that morning.

Fans can follow @UVUSoftball on Twitter for live, in-game updates throughout the Games.

UVU will have been off for almost a week when it takes the field against SHU on Saturday as heavy rain in Salt Lake City washed away the Wolverines' midweek doubleheader against the University of Utah. As such, Utah Valley's last contest came last Saturday at the Louisville Slugger Invitational -- a 7-1 loss to then No. 4 Michigan.

Summers threw 5.2 innings against the Big Ten's Wolverines, limiting Michigan to just two runs on five hits over the first five full innings. Freshman Brittney Vansway who leads Utah Valley in both batting average (.241) and RBI (3), drove in UVU's only run in the game, singling to left field in the top of the third to bring home Dynasy Lauvai from third base and level the score at 1-1. Lauvai is second on the team in batting at .233 and has one RBI on the season. Freshman Brianna Gatlin and Hailey Kofler are second in runs batted in with two apiece. See below for a preview of UVU's schedule and opponents this week at the Rebel Spring Games.

SATURDAY, MARCH 8: Utah Valley vs. Sacred Heart, 12 p.m. MT
The Pioneers are 3-3 on the young season and have already played four games at the Rebel Spring Games. SHU opened their stint in Orlando with back-to-back victories over La Salle on Tuesday, besting the Explorers by scores of 6-5 and 7-0. On Wednesday, the Pioneers bounced back from a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Temple to grind out a 1-0 win over Niagara. Utah Valley represents the last of Sacred Heart's opponents at the Games.

Junior infielder Kate Nadler hit a walk-off home run to lift the Pioneers to their first win of the season against La Salle, while sophomore pitcher Adrianna Mallory controlled the second game against the Explorers. She twirled a complete game and allowed only two hits, even taking a no-hitter into the fifth inning.

SATURDAY, MARCH 8: Utah Valley vs. Manhattan, 2 p.m. MT
Members of the Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), the Jaspers of Manhattan were a late edition to the Rebel Spring Games. Manhattan has yet to play a game this season as all nine of its initially scheduled non-conference games have been cancelled due to the extreme winter weather back East. The Jaspers begin play on Friday with a doubleheader against Saint Francis and Temple.

Utah Valley and Manhattan met two seasons ago at the Rebel Spring Games with the Wolverines pulling out a 4-1 win.

SUNDAY, MARCH 9: Utah Valley vs. Siena, 12 p.m. MT
One of two teams that the Wolverines will face twice, the Saints enter the week with a 1-3 record on the young season. All four of their games came at Buccaneer Challenge in Johnson City, Tenn., hosted by East Tennessee State. At the Challenge, Siena split two games with Oakland and was swept in a pair of games versus ETSU.

Sophomore Alyssa Lancaster leads the Saints with a .600 batting average while junior Stephanie Viggiano is batting .364. Pitchers Antonia Edwards and Jessika-Jo Sandrini each have two starts this year, holding ERAs of 5.19 and 5.68, respectively. UVU and Siena will play a second game on Tuesday, March 11.

SUNDAY, MARCH 10: Utah Valley vs. Saint Peter's, 2 p.m. MT
The third consecutive MAAC opponent for UVU, the Peacocks are 1-3 on the season with all four games coming at the Coastal Carolina Invitational. SPU picked up a 6-5 win over Maryland-Eastern Shore, but fell to Coastal Carolina, Marshall, and Samford. Shortstop Francesca D'Amato and pitcher Erica Colon each hit home runs for the Peacocks in their win over UMES.

The Wolverines faced SPU in last season's edition of the Games, earning a 12-3 win in just five innings of play. UVU scored 11 runs in the bottom of the second inning as Megan Peay led the way with three RBI while Amanda Robinson drove in two more.

Saint Peter's represents Utah Valley's second duplicate opponent of the week and it will face the Peacocks for a second time on Wednesday, March 12.

TUESDAY, MARCH 11: Utah Valley vs. Creighton, 11 a.m. MT
The Blue Jays, now members of the Big East Conference, are 4-9 thus far on the season and enter the week in Orlando on a five-game losing streak. Most recently, Creighton fell in three games at the Tulsa Invitational, dropping two games to the 21st-ranked Golden Hurricane and another to Northwestern State.

Blair Lowe, a senior utility, leads the Jays with a .293 batting average followed by Alexis Cantu's .258. With nine RBI and three home runs, Liz Dike leads the team in both categories. In the circle, senior Becca Changstrom has seen seven starting nods and holds a 2-5 record and 3.06 ERA. The senior Cantu is next with four starts and her 1.98 ERA comes with a 2-2 record.

TUESDAY, MARCH 11: Utah Valley vs. Siena, 1 p.m. MT

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12: Utah Valley vs. Indiana State, 7 a.m. MT
At 7-5 on the year, the Sycamores are slated to play their next 11 games in sunny Florida. ISU will play five games at the USF-Under Armour Invitational in Clearwater before beginning play in Orlando on Tuesday. In their most recent action, the Sycamores went 2-2 at the Holiday Inn Hilltopper Classic with wins over Wright State and IUPUI and losses to Green Bay and Western Kentucky.

Freshman outfielder Erica Crissman holds a .406 batting average through the first 12 games of the season, headlining an ISU roster that features seven players with averages of .300 or better. Sophomore outfielder Alexa Cavin leads the team with 10 RBI to go along with her .313 average. Meanwhile, three different pitchers have started at least three games, led by junior Yvette Alvarez's five starts. She holds a 3.26 ERA and is 4-3 on the year.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12: Utah Valley vs. Saint Peter's, 11 a.m. MT

THURSDAY, MARCH 13: Utah Valley vs. Albany, 7 a.m. MT
Hailing from the America East Conference, the Great Danes are 2-2 on the season. At its season-opening Citrus Classic, Albany edged Marshall in 10 innings by a score of 12-11 and also eked out a 3-1 win over Northern Illinois. The Danes also dropped close contests to East Carolina, 7-6, and North Carolina State, 2-0.

Senior pitcher Brittany McFawn threw all 10 innings in Albany's season-opening win over Marshall, striking out 13 and walking just three. She was aided on the offensive side by a three-RBI day from freshman catcher Erica Snow, who was one of three Danes to hit home runs on the day. Sophomore infielder Kelly Costello also drove in three runs and put one over the wall.

THURSDAY, MARCH 13: Utah Valley vs. Howard, 9 a.m. MT
After its first two games of the season were cancelled due to weather, Howard opens the year this weekend with four games at the George Washington Colonials Tournament. While there, the Bison will play two games against host GW and two more against Wagner College.

Howard went 7-18 last season.