UVU roundup: Baseball, softball fall in WAC games

2014-04-13T00:02:18Z UVU roundup: Baseball, softball fall in WAC games Daily Herald
April 13, 2014 12:02 am

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Utah Valley University struggled from the get-go in dropping its second straight to Texas-Pan American, 13-0, in seven innings on Saturday night at Brent Brown Ballpark.

The Wolverines (13-20, 6-5) were led by three hits from Greyson Bogden while the Broncs (15-22, 5-6) got a complete game shutout from Blake English on a night his offense finished with 13 hits. UTPA used a four-run third and a six-run seventh to win big.

English improved to 3-2 with the win, allowing five hits while striking out four. Ryan Evans (2-3) took the loss for Utah Valley.

The Wolverines squandered a chance to get back in to the game in the bottom of the fourth down 6-0. Sean Moysh reached on an error and Mark Krueger doubled off the wall to put runners on second and third with nobody out, but UVU was unable to score.

Utah Valley will try and salvage a game in the series with the finale set for noon today. Danny Beddes will start on the mound for the Wolverines.

• Softball: At Orem, UVU surrendered 11 runs in the sixth inning, snapping a 3-3 deadlock and giving Grand Canyon the WAC series sweep in a 14-4 loss.

"We've just got to be better," said UVU coach Nikki Palmer. "We made too many mistakes this weekend."

Senior Amanda Robinson made Utah Valley history when she connected for her 32nd career home run to become the program's all-time leader in the category.

Robinson's all-time blast came in the fourth inning shortly after an Erin Romero solo homer down the left field line. After Megan Peay walked, Robinson drove the second pitch of her at-bat over the left field fence, giving the Wolverines a 3-2 lead. The senior passes former Wolverine great Amanda Perez who had previously held the top spot with 31 career home runs.

"That was awesome," said Palmer of Robinson's achievement. "It's a huge accomplishment for her and I know there's more to come as she closes out her career here. Congratulations to Amanda."

Romero finished the game 2-for-2 to go along with her home run -- her second of the series, both of which came off reigning WAC Pitcher of the Week Stephanie Pesqueira.

After UVU (12-26, 4-5 WAC) took the lead, GCU (22-17, 7-2 WAC) responded in the fifth with a single run to tie the score. That deadlock would hold through the bottom half and into the sixth where the Antelopes got hot, scoring 11 runs to end the game in that same inning by virtue of the run-rule.

The loss marks the first time since 2011 that the Wolverines have suffered a sweep in a series of three games or more against a single opponent.

• Track: At Ogden, the Wolverines had a number of solid performances at the Weber State Wildcat Outdoor Open.

Freshman McKay Burneet took fifth in the men's hammer (163-8), and sophomore Scott Moake was sixth in the high jump (6-6.75).

For the women, freshman Savannah Heywood was seventh in the 1,500m (4:54.10) and while junior Jessica Lingwall (100m hurdles, 15.39), sophomore Sam Sweet (400m, 56.74) and freshman Caitlin Woodward (javelin, 116-3) each finished eighth in their events.

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