Game 1 Box Score: Game 2 Box Score : Season Stats
MORAGA, California - The Utah Valley State softball team split a double header at St. Mary-€™s on Tuesday. The Wolverines won game 1, 6-2, but lost the second game 3-1.
-€śOverall we played well,-€ť Utah Valley State coach Todd Fairbourne said. -€śComing here I thought if we got a split I-€™d be happy. We should have won both games. We gave them that second game. They have to learn to make plays when it matters.-€ť
Despite the split there were many positives that came from the two games.
Rachel Hartgrove led the Wolverines in both games by going 7-for-8 in the two games. In the game 1 win she went 4-for-4 with a homerun, two singles and a double. She has 13 hits in her last 15 at bats. Since being moved to third in the batting order 10 games ago she has hit .600.
But Hartgrove wasn-€™t the only player who had success at the plate in the game 1 win. As a team Utah Valley cranked out 14 hits.
-€śHartgrove has hit the ball so well that it has over shadowed a lot of other good performances,-€ť Fairbourne said. -€śShe is hitting the ball better because Wilkins and Jimenez are getting on more.-€ť
Kelli Wilkins, Crystal Young, Amanda Kendzior all had multiple hits in the game. Jackie Roberts earned the win from the mound by scattering seven hits and striking out four batters in a complete game.
In game 1, Utah Valley jumped out to a 2-0 in fourth inning after Hartgrove drilled her homerun over the left field fence. Chris Jimenez led off the inning with a single.
After St. Mary-€™s added a run in the fifth inning, the Wolverines scored two runs in the sixth and the seventh innings to seal the win.
Hartgrove led off the fifth with a double off the left field fence. One batter later Kendzior scored Hartgrove by doubling to center field. Kendzior later scored off a single by Emily Cardenas. Jimenez and Hartgrove scored the final two runs of the seventh inning.
Utah Valley got off to a good start in game 2 by jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Wilkins led off the game by walking and later scored off a fielders choice by Kendzior. But that would the only run the Wolverines could muster.
Utah Valley had only six hits in game 2. Although St. Mary-€™s had only three hits they came up with them when it was most needed. The Gaels scored all three runs in the fifth inning. Ericka Jones, Shyanne Cooper and Chelsey Mikalauski all pitched well in the loss.
-€śAll my pitchers threw well today,-€ť Fairbourne said.
Utah Valley is 8-12 and plays a double header at Sacramento State on Wednesday at 1 p.m. The game can be heard live via the Internet onhttp://www.hornetsports.com/audio/.
They then play in the Capital Classic tournament at Sac State Friday through Sunday. In three days they will against Portland State, Northwestern, Iowa, Long Island and Kansas.