Wolverines face Utes, Bengals in non-conference midweek

Senior Dara Rahm

April 13, 2014

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OREM, Utah -- The Utah Valley University softball team continues a jam-packed April with a trio of non-conference games to begin the week. UVU plays host to in-state foe Utah in a Monday doubleheader at Wolverine Field before traveling to Idaho State for a midweek single on Tuesday.

Monday's twin bill gets underway at 2 p.m. with the annual Pink for a Purpose game. The first 100 fans will receive a free pink t-shirt, courtesy of Utah National Guard, and proceeds will go to Swing For Life, a non-profit organization based out of Salt Lake City that is dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research.

The Last Meeting
Utah Valley4
March 26, 2013
Salt Lake City, Utah
Wolverines spoil Utes' home opener
Utah Valley University avenged a prior loss to the University of Utah Tuesday night, topping the Utes 4-1 in the first-ever game at the new Ute Softball Stadium.

The Last Meeting
Idaho State9  
Utah Valley8(8)
March 25, 2014
Orem, Utah
Wolverines surrender late lead in extra inning loss to Idaho State
Visiting Idaho State stole a win from Utah Valley University with a late, seventh-inning scoring burst that took the game into extra innings. The Wolverines ultimately fell to the Bengals 9-8 in eight innings of play.

The Wolverines (12-26, 4-5 WAC) will be facing the Utes (16-19, 3-11 Pac-12) for the first time this season after seeing a previously scheduled doubleheader in early March postponed due to weather. That series has been rescheduled for April 21 in Salt Lake City. UVU and Utah split last season's meetings 1-1.

The Utes enter the week off a three-game sweep at the hands of No. 6 Arizona State. Kate Dickman leads the team with a .413 average and her 24 RBI trail Anissa Uretz's 27 and Bridget Castro's 26. Castro paces the team with five home runs on the season. In the circle, Sammy Cordova owns a team-best 3.74 ERA while Kayce Nieto, holding a 4.98 ERA, has seen the most starts with 19.

Following Monday's doubleheader, Utah Valley will make the short trip north to Pocatello, Idaho, where it will face Idaho State (24-16, 6-4 Big Sky) for the third and final time this season. The Wolverines are 0-2 against the Bengals this year having dropped the season opener to ISU, 7-3 in St. George, and 9-8 in Orem.

The Bengals are one of the top-offensive clubs in the country, currently ranked sixth in the NCAA in team batting at .341. ISU also ranks sixth in the nation in scoring, putting up 7.03 runs per game -- only 0.05 points behind second-ranked Alabama.

Terah Blackwell and Vicky Galasso have helped power the Bengal offense throughout the season as the duo have clubbed 13 home runs apiece. Blackwell's 59 RBI on the season see her ranked second in the NCAA in RBI per game at 1.47 and Galasso sits close behind in fourth at 1.42 per game. In all, eight ISU players are hitting better than .300 this year.

UVU came away with a win in its trip to Pocatello last season, shutting out the Bengals 3-0.

From ISU, Utah Valley heads to Kansas City for a three-game, WAC series with the Kangaroos. The series begins with a doubleheader on Friday. UVU and UMKC currently sit fourth and fifth in the WAC standings, respectively.