April 17, 2014
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OREM, Utah -- After playing three non-conference contests to begin the week, the Utah Valley University softball team returns to league play Friday when it begins a three-game set at Kansas City. The series starts with a Friday doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. MT and will carry to Saturday's finale at 11 a.m.
The Wolverines (12-29, 4-5 WAC) enter the week tied for third place in the WAC standings with Seattle U. SU owns the tiebreaker as it defeated UVU 2-1 in a conference series late last month. Meanwhile, UMKC (14-31, 3-6 WAC) sits in fifth place, trailing Utah Valley by a single game. The Kangaroos have fallen by a 2-1 games score in each of their three WAC series' thus far, but handed first-place New Mexico State its first and only conference loss of the season.
The Last Meeting
March 28, 2012
Wolverines Split Home Opener with UMKC
The Utah Valley University softball team overcame a four-run deficit in the nightcap of its home-opening doubleheader to split a pair of games against UMKC. The Wolverines (19-7-1) won the second game 10-7 but their late comeback in the first game came up just short as it dropped the opener 9-8.
UVU is 0-3 on the week, coming off a heartbreaking loss at Idaho State on Tuesday. The Wolverines rallied from a 5-2 deficit to take a 7-5 lead in the middle innings, only to see that lead evaporate late as the Bengals came away with an 8-7 walk-off victory.
Senior Amanda Robinson belted two home runs on Tuesday night to give her three bombs in her last four games. The surge of power has seen Robinson -- the program's all-time leader in home runs -- join freshman Hailey Kofler as the team's home run leaders with five apiece. Kofler owns a .319 batting average, trailing only fellow freshman Brittney Vansway who is hitting .333 on the season. Vansway also hit a solo home run against ISU on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Kansas City kicked off its current eight-game homestand with a doubleheader split against non-conference foe South Dakota on Tuesday. The Coyotes took game one by a 2-1 score, but the 'Roos hung eight runs on the scoreboard in game two in an 8-2 win.
Both UMKC's offense and defense are powered by the pitching duo of Katie Kelley and Cinda Ramos. A junior, Ramos leads the 'Roos and is ranked fifth in the WAC in batting with a .382 average all the while owning a 3.59 ERA and a 5-11 record in 17 starts in the circle this season. Kelley, UMKC's top pitcher with an 8-14 record and 3.47 ERA, also leads the team with nine home runs and 31 RBI. She hit two home runs against USD on Tuesday to break the single-season school record for homers in a season.
The Wolverines and 'Roos have met just three times before, most recently playing to a two-game split in March of 2012. UMKC leads the series 2-1.
Utah Valley closes out its road trip next week with a doubleheader at Utah. From there, the Wolverines get set for their final homestand of the season beginning with a Wednesday twin bill with Southern Utah and concluding with a three-game WAC series against NM State.