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DENVER \u2013 At its annual June meeting, the Western Athletic Conference Board of Directors determined its 2021-22 Executive Committee and approved several items for the upcoming academic year and beyond.

\u201cIt was wonderful to bring our new Board of Directors together as one group moving towards one common goal,\u201d said WAC Commissioner Jeff Hurd. \u201cSince we began our expansion conversations last year, everyone involved has wanted to work towards making the WAC one of the premier mid-major conferences in the country and we are certainly headed in the right direction.\u201d

The current board welcomed the four newest members in Abilene Christian University, Lamar University, Sam Houston State University and Stephen F. Austin State University as well as Southern Utah University, who will join on July 1, 2022.

New Mexico State University President John Floros was elected Chair, while Utah Valley University President Astrid S. Tuminez was elected as Vice Chair. The third member of the Executive Committee is Tarleton State University President James Hurley, who will take the spot of retiring Seattle University President Stephen Sundborg as Past Chair.

The Board approved scheduling formats for the 2021-22 seasons which will feature division-only play for baseball, women\u2019s soccer, softball and women\u2019s tennis. Men\u2019s and women\u2019s basketball will not be divided into divisions and all teams will play an 18-game league schedule. Volleyball will play double-round robin within division with a week of crossover play halfway through the league schedule. Men\u2019s soccer and men\u2019s tennis will not be divided into divisions due to the number of full members sponsoring the sports.

Also approved was a championship site rotation that will provide geographic distribution between each division. For the 2021-22 seasons, the championships for men\u2019s and women\u2019s cross country, volleyball, men\u2019s golf, outdoor track & field and baseball will be in the West footprint and women\u2019s soccer, indoor track & field, women\u2019s golf, men\u2019s and women\u2019s tennis and softball will be in the Southwest footprint. The men\u2019s and women\u2019s basketball tournament will remain at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. Due to a high number of affiliate members, men\u2019s soccer and men\u2019s and women\u2019s swimming & diving are not included in the geographic rotation.

Following the lead of the WAC Council in May, the Board eliminated the Intra-Conference Transfer Rule. The Board also discussed several NCAA Issues, including Name, Image, Likeness (NIL) developments, passed the conference budget for 2021-22 and provided its endorsement of the WAC Alliance on Community, Social Justice and Multicultural Education.

The sites and bracket formats for the 2021-22 WAC Championships will be announced when finalized.

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UVU director of athletics Jared Sumsion may have gotten the best guy to take over as the new Wolverine baseball coach \u2014 but he doesn\u2019t have him quite yet.

The university announced Thursday that Eddie Smith has been hired to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of long-time coach Eric Madsen. Before Smith can dive into the job, however, he has some unfinished business to take care of.

He is currently the hitting coach at LSU and the Tigers are currently competing in the NCAA Regionals in Eugene, Oregon.

\u201cI am going to continue with LSU here, hopefully for about four more weeks, and make a great run with the Tigers,\u201d Smith said in a media teleconference on Thursday. \u201cThen I\u2019ll turn the page to total focus on Utah Valley.\u201d

Although the Wolverines got permission to make Thursday\u2019s announcement about Smith\u2019s next stop, they also emphasized that they respect that he has another job to complete first.

\u201cWe want the LSU baseball community to know that we want to be really respectful of the LSU program,\u201d Sumsion said. \u201cCoach Smith is solely focused right now on LSU baseball and his Tiger players. LSU has been so great working with us through this process. We want everyone to know Coach Smith\u2019s focus right now is on the LSU Tigers.\u201d

While that means UVU has to be patient, the Wolverines emphasized that they are excited about adding Smith to the athletic department.

\u201cIt\u2019s an exciting day for Utah Valley University baseball,\u201d Sumsion said. \u201cWe are ecstatic to introduce Eddie. This has been an interesting time in Utah Valley baseball history and we know Coach Smith is going to take us where we want to be. We are so excited to have a coach of Eddie\u2019s caliber who wants to be with us and knows where he can take this program.\u201d

Sumsion said the school has good athletes who need someone who has got \u201cgrit and toughness.\u201d

\u201cThat\u2019s what we were looking for in this search,\u201d Sumsion said. \u201cWe had over 75 applicants from all across the country but Coach Smith stood out. When he was on campus visiting, he didn\u2019t just sell us on the process but he sold us on who he is and how he believes in our student-athletes. That was the defining characteristic on why Coach Smith was selected to be our coach because he loves the student-athlete. He believes in them both on and off the field. He is a coach who epitomizes everything we were looking for.\u201d

Smith called it an \u201chonor\u201d to be the baseball coach at UVU.

\u201cThis is a day that I have thought of a lot throughout my professional career, getting to be a Division I head baseball coach,\u201d Smith said. \u201cI couldn\u2019t imagine a place that has more in place to go have success right now. The facility is just beautiful. There is potential for getting very good baseball players onto that campus because of that facility. It has everything we need to develop there as ball players.\u201d

Smith was obviously enamored with being able to sell players on the possibilities in Orem because he feels the tools are there to get guys to be their best.

\u201cThey can be pushed to their maximum potential and as a coach that\u2019s my goal for them,\u201d Smith said. \u201cI think that\u2019s one thing that really stood out. I also saw a school and administration that\u2019s committed to the student-athlete, to building the person as a whole. That aligns a lot with what is important to me.\u201d

Smith did take time to have a virtual meeting with the current Wolverine players on Thursday immediately after the official announcement and introduce himself.

\u201cI spent about 15 minutes with them sharing the vision and hopefully it was clear how excited I am about this,\u201d Smith said. \u201cI see this as a piece of clay that is just ready to be molded. The foundation is there. The play is quality quality play and I shared that with the players. I look forward to working with them, setting the standard, understanding what the expectations are talking about some traits that we want to be identified by and some of the steps as we go forward here.\u201d

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Utah Valley University men\u2019s soccer head coach Kyle Beckerman has announced his coaching staff for the 2021 season. Seth Trembly and Alex Yi will be the program\u2019s assistant coaches, and Michael Chesler will be the director of player development.

Trembly is moving over from the women\u2019s side, where he helped lead the team to its third WAC Tournament title and Utah Valley\u2019s first NCAA Tournament win this past season. Yi has most recently been scouting professionally and has spent time in the college game, including stops at Navy, San Francisco, and Dayton. Chesler has been on staff at Utah Valley for all but one season since the program\u2019s inception in 2014.

\u201cI\u2019m really happy with how well-rounded our staff ended up being and we\u2019ve already gotten to work. I\u2019ve known Seth and Alex for a long time and they both bring a lot of experience, as both players and coaches, to our program,\u201d said Beckerman. \u201cMichael knows this program inside and out and I\u2019m happy we were able to retain him as we transition into a new era of UVU soccer.\u201d

Both Trembly and Yi were teammates of Beckerman with the original 1999 class of the U.S. Soccer Federation\u2019s Bradenton (Fla.) Academy.

Trembly has been at UVU for four seasons as part of women\u2019s soccer head coach Chris Lemay\u2019s staff. This season\u2019s team earned a share of the WAC regular season title for the first time and won the WAC Tournament for the second time under Trembly and Lemay, and the third time overall. The team also earned UVU Athletics\u2019 first-ever NCAA Tournament win in a 1-0 victory over No. 25 Memphis. The women\u2019s soccer program won 39 games during Trembly\u2019s four seasons on staff.

Prior to coming to Orem, he was an assistant on the UC San Diego men\u2019s team for four seasons where he helped the team to a Final Four berth in 2016 and a pair of California Collegiate Athletic Association championships.

A native of Littleton, Colorado, Trembly attended Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado. His playing career included a stint with his hometown team, the Colorado Rapids before he joined Real Salt Lake in 2005, where he scored a pair of goals during his time with RSL. He received the RSL Humanitarian of the Year award for 2006, and finished his competitive career with the Montreal Impact, then of the United Soccer League (USL), in 2007.

Yi has over 20 years of coaching experience at the collegiate and professional levels. He was the head coach at Academy of Art University in 2018 and prior to that spent a season on staff at Navy. From 2014-16, Yi was the top assistant at the University of San Francisco. He\u2019s also served as an academy coach with the Los Angeles Galaxy, which included an Academy National Championship and the U-16 level in 2010. He also was on staff at the University of Dayton in 2008, helping the team to an A-10 Championship and NCAA Tournament berth.

His playing career included two collegiate seasons at UCLA, where he earned a degree in 2004. He was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, a United Soccer Coaches All-American third team selection and was a MAC Hermann Trophy nominee. He also played three seasons with Antwerp FC before three seasons with FC Dallas in the MLS. Yi is a native of Easton, Maryland and attended IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

Chesler has been with the Wolverine program for all but one season, when he coached his alma mater High Point University in 2015. He spent the 2014 season as UVU\u2019s volunteer and goalkeeper coach. After his one-year stint at High Point, he returned to Orem for the 2016 season and helped the team to its only WAC Championship. In the spring of 2018, Chesler was promoted to associate head coach and also served as the interim head coach for the final part of this past season. Prior to arriving at Utah Valley in 2014, Chesler coached with Bridgeport FC and spent a season with Emory and Henry College.

He attended Mountain View High School in Orem, Utah and played on the Utah \u201889 ODP and 2006 Region IV ODP teams. Chesler was also a multiple time All-State selection. He then went on to High Point, where he was a four-year starter in goal, earning Big South All-Freshman and All-Conference honors during his career while helping the Panthers to a Big South championship in 2010. On the professional level as a player, Chesler spent time with Real Salt Lake of MLS and the Carolina Railhawks of the USL.

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Utah Valley University redshirt junior Taylor LaMont and former Wolverine and current Brunson UVRTC competitor Dylan Gregerson both made the U.S. U23 World Team on Thursday after both won UWW U23 National Championships in Greco-Roman competition.

LaMont won his 2021 UWW U23 National Title at 55 kilos after going a perfect 4-0 on the mat on Thursday, while the former Wolverine Gregerson won his U23 title at 60 kg after going 5-0. By both winnings U23 Greco-Roman National Titles, both LaMont and Gregerson have earned a trip to compete at the U23 Greco-Roman World Championships that will be held in November in Serbia.

\u201cTaylor and Dylan both wrestled great today. They stayed in great position on their feet and were able to dominate in par terre both offensively and defensively,\u201d head UVU coach Greg Williams said. \u201cWe are excited that they both will be able to travel together to Serbia. They have been great training partners for each other.\u201d

The 2021 125-pound UVU All-American LaMont started his day with a 10-2 tech fall over Anthony Illinois of Illinois to advance to the semifinals. LaMont then defeated Joseph Harrison too by tech fall (8-0) to advance to a best-of-three championship series against Ohio State\u2019s Brady Koontz (Ohio RTC). LaMont held the upper hand in each of the first two bouts against Koontz as he defeated him by scores of 3-1 and 4-0 to win the U23 title and earn a spot on the U.S. U23 World Team and a trip to the 2021 U23 World Championships. Coming into the Thursday\u2019s action, Brady Koontz was ranked No. 2 at 55 kg on the National Team and is a three-time age-group World Team member. This marks the seventh time that LaMont has qualified for a World Team in his age group.

The former Wolverine Gregerson opened his 2021 U23 Greco Nationals run with back-to-back-to-back technical fall victories over Boo Drydan of Gopher Wrestling Club (9-0), Thomas Hicks of Tennessee (8-0) and Camden Russell of MWC Wrestling Academy (8-0) to reach a best-of-three championship series against Dylan Koontz of Ohio State (Ohio RTC). Gregerson too got the best of a Koontz brother on the day by winning his first two bouts over Dylan Koontz by scores of 9-6 and 7-5 to also qualify for the 2021 U23 World Championships and earn a spot on the U.S. U23 World Team. The championship marks the second straight U23 title for Gregerson, as he previously won the 2020 U23 title at 63 kilos.

The 2021 UWW U23 World Team Trials will continue with freestyle competition on Friday and Saturday in Lincoln. The 2021 U23 World Championships will take place Nov. 1-7 in Belgrade, Serbia.

LaMont capped his stellar weekend with a second-place finish at U23 Nationals in freestyle competition.

With Saturday\u2019s runner-up finish at the UWW U23 Freestyle Nationals at 57 kilos, LaMont has also been named an alternate for the U.S. U23 World Team in freestyle competition.

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With Utah Valley holding to an 8-2 advantage in the eighth, Seattle U managed to score seven runs over the final two innings to advance at the 2021 WAC Baseball Tournament on a walk-off double from Gavin Rork to claim Thursday afternoon\u2019s elimination game by a score of 9-8.

The sixth-seeded Wolverines end their season with a 10-47 record and an 0-2 showing at the 2021 conference tournament following Thursday\u2019s loss while the fifth-seeded Redhawks improve to 17-32 and 1-1 at the tournament with the victory.

In his final collegiate start, UVU senior right-hander Jesse Schmit was solid on the mound for the Wolverines on Thursday by allowing just one run on six hits while striking out four over 5.0 innings of action to be in line for the win when he exited the ballgame (UVU held a 6-1 lead at the time). The Wolverines later upped their lead to 8-2 after a clutch eighth-inning two-run home run off the bat of junior catcher Drew Sims. The Redhawks would go on to post a crooked number in the bottom of the eighth, however, with six runs to tie the game at 8-8 and would go on to win it in the ninth thanks to Rork\u2019s heroics.

Early in the game, the Redhawks threatened in the first by loading the bases with nobody out, but UVU starter Schmit managed to pitch out of it by retiring the next three hitters he faced to keep the game scoreless after one.

With the game still scoreless in the third, the Wolverines managed to strike first thanks to a two-run, two-out single from senior Kade Poulsen to give UVU an early 2-0 lead. Mick Madsen started the frame by reaching on an error, Andrew Hacker followed with a single, and Garrett Broussard was later hit by a pitch to load the bases. Poulsen then delivered the big hit by pulling a single thru the left side to score both Madsen and Hacker and give Utah Valley the early two-run cushion.

The Wolverines then added to their lead with a four-run fourth to extend their early advantage to 6-0. Jeff Arens and Drew Sims started the big inning for UVU with singles and Madsen drove home the first run of the frame with a sharp RBI single up the middle to make it 3-0. Following a single from Hacker and after Mitch Moralez reached on a fielder\u2019s choice, Broussard delivered the big hit of the frame with a two-run double down the leftfield line to bring in both Madsen and Hacker. Moralez then capped the scoring in the fourth by coming home on a wild pitch to give the Wolverines the early six-run cushion.

The Redhawks then got on the board with a run in the fifth and another in the seventh to pull within four at 6-2. Kyle Sherick started things off with a one-out triple to center in the fifth and later came in to score SU\u2019s first run on an RBI single from Julian Kodama. Seattle U then added another run on the seventh after back-to-back-to-back hits, but the UVU defense responded later in the frame with an inning-ending double play to maintain the four-run advantage.

Utah Valley then got some insurance in the eighth thanks to the two-run home run off the bat of Sims. Arens led off the frame with a double to right and Sims followed with a two-run big fly to left for his second home run of the season to give the Wolverines the 8-2 advantage at the time.

Seattle U would go on to respond, however, by scoring six runs in the bottom of the eighth to tie the ballgame. SU quickly loading the bases with nobody out in the inning after three straight walks. The next two Redhawk batters then worked two more consecutive walks for the first two runs of the frame. After a sacrifice fly off the bat of Shane Jamison made it a three-run contest at 8-5, SU\u2019s Connor O\u2019Brien delivered the big blow with a three-run homer to left center to erase the deficit and tie the score at 8-8.

The Wolverines then got a one-out single in the top of the ninth from Broussard and he later moved into scoring position on a wild pitch, but he was stranded on the base paths as SU reliever Ethan Brown pitched out of it to send it to the bottom of the ninth tied.

Austin Lively then got Seattle off to a strong start in the last of the ninth with a leadoff single and pinch-runner Trevor Antonson later moved into scoring position via a wild pitch. With Antonson \u2014 who represented the winning run now standing on second and no outs \u2014 Rork drove him home with a double to left-center to win the ballgame for Seattle U.

After pitching a scoreless ninth, SU\u2019s Brown was credited with the win to improve to 1-0 while UVU\u2019s Nick Sims was tagged with the loss to drop to 1-8.

Four Wolverines finished with multiple-hits on the day led by a 3-for-4 outing from Broussard. Broussard also drove in two runs and recorded a double. Arens and Sims followed by each going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs while Hacker went 2-for-3 with an RBI and an extra-base hit apiece while Hacker went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a walk.

Poulsen, a senior, also drove in two runs in his final collegiate game to give him a team-best 29 RBIs on the season while fellow senior Alexander Marco finished 0-for-5 in his final game but as one of the nation\u2019s leaders in doubles on the year with 22 two-base hits and also led the team on the year in home runs with nine.

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Mason Gray allowed just two runs over 7.1 impressive innings as Utah Valley held a 4-2 lead in the ninth, but UT Rio Grande Valley\u2019s Jacob Hirsh played hero for the Vaqueros with a three-run walk-off home run to lift No. 3 UTRGV to an opening-round 5-4 WAC Tournament victory over No. 6 UVU on Wednesday afternoon at Hohokam Stadium.

With the Wolverines (10-46) holding to the 4-2 advantage in the last of the ninth, UTRGV (30-24) got consecutive hits to start the last of the ninth from Joseph Impeduglia and Angel De La Cruz to set the table for the Vaqueros. After a sac bunt from Elijah Alexander moved the runners to second and third, Hirsh delivered the heroics with the walk-off three-run home run to deep right field. With the loss, UVU will now fall to an elimination game and face either No. 4 New Mexico State or No. 5 Seattle U on Thursday at noon MT/11 a.m. PT.

\u201cMason had a great outing and put us in a great spot to win this one. We also did a nice job of getting to their starter early offensively, but we just couldn\u2019t get through that ninth,\u201d interim head UVU coach David Carter said. \u201cIt\u2019s definitely disappointing to lose this game, but our kids have been playing better baseball as of late and we\u2019ll look to bounce back tomorrow.\u201d

Mitch Moralez got the Wolverines off to a strong start with a leadoff double down the leftfield line in the top of the first to get into scoring position for the Wolverines. After a flyout to right off the bat of Kade Poulsen moved Moralez to third with two away, Brandon Luna plated Moralez with a sharp two-out RBI single up the middle to give UVU an early 1-0 advantage.

UVU then extended its early lead to 2-0 thanks to an RBI groundout from Mick Madsen in the second. Jeff Arens led off the frame with double to right and later moved to third on a single from Drew Sims. He then came into score on a groundout to short off the bat of Madsen to extend UVU\u2019s early lead. Utah Valley then made it 3-0 after scoring another run in the third. Poulsen and Luna set the table with back-to-back hits, and Alexander Marco drove home Poulsen with sacrifice fly to center to give the Wolverines the quick three-run cushion.

With Gray pitching well on the afternoon for Utah Valley, the Vaqueros managed to get to him for the first time with two runs on three hits in the third to pull within a run at 3-2. Christian Sepulveda started the third-inning rally for UTRGV with a bunt single and he later came in to score on an RBI triple from Andy Atwood. Diego Ramirez then capped the scoring for the Vaqueros in the inning with an RBI single up the middle to make it a one-run game at the time.

Gray bounced back from there by putting up zeros in the scoreboard in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings to keep it a 3-2 lead for the Wolverines. During the stretch, Gray allowed just three hits while striking out four and not surrendering any runs during the middle innings. After surrendering the three early runs, first team All-WAC performer and UTRGV starter Kevin Stevens too responded by pitching well to keep it a one-run game. Stevens sat down 10 Wolverine hitters in a run during the stretch to keep it a 3-2 contest into the ninth.

The Vaqueros then got a one-out walk from Atwood in the last of the eighth, but UVU reliever Devin Smith came on and managed to draw a big inning-ending 4-6-3 double play off the bat of Ramirez to send it to the ninth with the Wolverines holding to the 3-2 lead.

The Utah Valley offense then managed to push across big insurance run in the top of the ninth to extend its lead to 4-2. Arens started the ninth-inning rally with a leadoff single and Madsen later followed with a one-out single to put runners on the corners. Pinch runner Connor Hall then managed to score from third a couple of pitches later on a wild pitch.

The Vaqueros then managed to win it in the ninth with the three-run walk-off homer from Hirsh.

Gray was very good in the 2021 opening tournament start for the Wolverines by allowing just two runs on seven hits while striking out four and walking just one over 7.1 innings to be in line for the victory. UTRGV\u2019s Stevens also had a strong start by surrendering four runs on 12 hits while fanning five over 8.1 innings. UTRGV reliever Ricky Gerik Jr. was credited with the win to improve to 6-3, while UVU\u2019s Dylan Cook took the loss to fall to 0-2.

Luna was one of four Wolverines to finish with multiple-hit outings on the day and led the way by going 3-for-4 with an RBI. Arens, Sims and Tavyn Lords all followed by going 2-for-4 apiece. Impeduglia led UTRGV by recording three hits, while Hirsch drove in three runs.

The Wolverines will continue the 2021 WAC Baseball Tournament on Thursday at noon MT/11 a.m. PT in an elimination game against either the fourth-seeded NM State Aggies or the fifth-seeded Seattle U Redhawks. Senior right-hander Jesse Schmit will get the ball on the mound for the Wolverines on Thursday.

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Mitch Moralez went a 4-for-5 with five RBIs to help lead Utah Valley to a 14-5 victory over Seattle U in the regular-season finale for both teams on Saturday afternoon at Bannerwood Park. With the win and a Northern Colorado loss on the day, UVU has officially punched its ticket to next week\u2019s 2021 WAC Baseball Tournament as the Wolverines will enter the tournament as the No. 6 seed and open play on Wednesday afternoon against the third-seeded UT Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros.

Moralez belted out a three-run homer in the sixth and also drove in two more runs in the second on his way to helping UVU (10-45, 8-28 WAC) secure a spot into next week\u2019s WAC Tournament. He also scored four runs and finished just a triple shy of the cycle. As a team, UVU scored a season-high 14 runs on 11 hits on the day. Garrett Broussard and Jeff Arens also recorded multiple-hit outings for the Wolverines.

\u201cI\u2019m happy for the guys and for our program. This team truly deserves to head to the WAC Tournament and I\u2019m very proud of them,\u201d interim head coach David Carter said. \u201cWe showed a lot of fight in this series and things finally went our way this afternoon. We needed some big hits and Mitch and a couple of other guys delivered those for us today.\u201d

UVU got off to a strong start with two runs in the first and three more in the second to jump out to a quick 5-0 advantage. Moralez started things off with a leadoff single in the first and Broussard promptly followed with a double to right center to put two runners in scoring position with nobody out. Kade Poulsen then plated Moralez with an RBI groundout and Brandon Luna followed with an RBI single to center to make it 2-0.

Drew Sims then led off the second with a walk and Mick Madsen followed with a single to put two runners aboard for the Wolverines for the second straight inning. Moralez then delivered the big hit with a two-run double to left center to drive them both home and make it 4-0. Moralez later moved over to third on a wild pitch and came in to score when Poulsen reached on a dropped popup to make it 5-0.

With UVU starter Nick Sims putting up zeros into the fourth, Seattle (16-31, 10-21 WAC) then got on the scoreboard for the first time following back-to-back hits in the last of the fourth to make it 5-1.

The Redhawks then loaded the bases with one away in the fifth and managed to drive in a pair of runs to cut the score to two at 5-3. Shane Jamison plated both runs with a two-run single. With SU threatening for more in the frame, Blake Zeleny came on in relief and managed to strikeout Kai Alberghini to strand a pair of runners and send it to the sixth.

With Madsen and Tavyn Lords on base for the Wolverines in the sixth, Moralez came through with a clutch three-run bomb to left to extend UVU\u2019s lead to 8-3. Moralez\u2019 three-run home run marked his fourth big fly of the season.

SU again loaded the bases in the last of the seventh and managed to push across a run to make it 8-4. But the UVU offense wasn\u2019t done as it added four insurance runs in the eighth to extend its lead to 12-4. After loading the bases, Broussard started the scoring in the frame with an RBI single to bring in pinch runner Connor Hall. Poulsen then followed by reaching on an error to record and RBI and have two runs come home on the play while Brandon Luna capped the scoring in the inning with a sacrifice fly.

The Redhawks added a run in the last of the eighth, but UVU responded with two more insurance runs in the ninth thanks to RBIs from Trey Newman and Lords to put the game away.

UVU starter Nick Sims pitched well for the Wolverines on the day by allowing just three runs over 4.2 innings. Zeleny earned the win in relief for UVU after giving up just one run over 2.0 innings of work to improve to 1-0 on the year. The senior Triplett then came on to earn his fifth save after throwing the final 2.1 innings. SU starter Nestor German was tagged with the loss to drop to 4-5.

Moralez, the senior Poulsen and Luna all drove in multiple runs on the afternoon while Madsen scored three runs for the Wolverines. Mason Hoover paced SU by going 3-for-4 while Jamison went 2-for-3 with three RBIs.

UVU got a little help on the day from in-state foe Dixie State, as the Trailblazers managed to come from behind to top Northern Colorado by a score of 9-6 and help the Wolverines get into the WAC Tournament. Dixie State ended up sweeping the Bears to help UVU secure the 2021 WAC Tournament appearance.

The 2021 WAC Baseball Tournament will run Wednesday to Sunday at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Arizona. GCU, who earned a share of the WAC regular season title, will enter the tournament as the No. 1 seed. Sacramento State is seeded second, UTRGV third, New Mexico State fourth and Seattle U fifth. UVU and UTRGV will open the tournament at 3 p.m. MDT on Wednesday.

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Utah Valley University women\u2019s soccer head coach Chris Lemay has signed a new contract that will keep him with the Wolverines through the 2024 season. The new contract is a three-year agreement that replaces Lemay\u2019s previous deal that was set to expire in 2021.

\u201cOur women\u2019s soccer team just had its most successful season in school history and the upward trajectory of the program is undeniable,\u201d said Utah Valley athletic director Dr. Jared Sumsion. \u201cI have no doubt that Chris will build on the momentum he has created with the program over the past four years and continue to compete for WAC championships and NCAA Tournament wins. Chris is just as committed to his student-athletes being successful in the classroom and community as he is in their on-field performance. He develops well-rounded, accomplished and achievement-oriented student-athletes.\u201d

Lemay recently wrapped up the most successful season in UVU history as he guided the Wolverines to 13-5-4 record and one of the best end-of-season RPI rankings in UVU history (No. 84). Lemay has taken the Wolverines from a No. 198 RPI ranking in 2017 to a No. 84 ranking this season.

This past season, Lemay led Utah Valley to the first NCAA Tournament win in UVU Athletics history with its first-round 1-0 victory over No. 25 Memphis. Lemay’s team also won the program’s first-ever WAC regular season title and its third WAC Tournament championship. His team is the first program in UVU history to win both a WAC regular season title and a WAC Tournament championship. Lemay had numerous players earn individual honors as a team-record 10 Wolverines earned All-WAC honors and a school-record two players were named to the United Soccer Coaches All-Region team. For the first time in program history, UVU was ranked by TopDrawerSoccer.com and matched the program’s highest final regional top-10 ranking at No. 8.

\u201cI would like to thank Athletic Director, Dr. Jared Sumsion and Senior Associate AD, Adam Sanft for their continued support over the last four years,\u201d said Lemay. \u201cI am really excited about the program\u2019s growth and look forward to working with them for years to come. UVU continues to prove their investment in Women\u2019s soccer and the entire department, including all of the support staff has been and will continue to be a joy to work with. I am most happy about the fabulous players that are currently in the program and are coming in. The cupboard is stocked with talent and we will continue to strive every day to break barriers in the WAC and on the National Stage.\u201d

Lemay holds an impressive 23-11-3 record in WAC play in his four seasons at UVU. He has registered double digit wins in three of his four seasons at UVU and owns a 39-40-8 overall record. He has led his team to a 20-7-4 record at home and owns one of the best attendance records in the country. Lemay has continually produced one of the toughest schedules in the WAC with matches against Stanford, California, Oklahoma, BYU, Santa Clara, Michigan, Michigan State, Colorado, Washington, Portland, Texas A&M to name a few. He also took his team on an international trip to Costa Rica where the Wolverines played the Costa Rica National Team, becoming the first team in UVU history to play against a full national team.

Lemay has led the Wolverines to two NCAA Tournament appearances, one WAC regular season championship, and two WAC Tournament titles. Lemay has guided UVU to three WAC Tournament championship matches. His players have earned All-WAC honors 21 times, which have included seven first-team selections. He has also had players earn WAC Freshman of the Year (Amber Tripp) and WAC Defensive Player of the Year (Jenna Shepherd) honors. Three of his players have been selected as All-Region honorees, including Breanna DeWaal, Tripp, Shepherd, and Isabel Jones-Dawe.

Lemay\u2019s teams have been equally impressive in the classroom with his squad earning the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award in each of his four seasons with the Wolverines. His team continues to hold one of the top team GPAs in the country with his players earning 41 Academic All-WAC honors. In 2020, Hannah Bruce earned the team\u2019s first-ever Scholar All-Region honor and was named the WAC\u2019s top female scholar student-athlete, earning the Stan Bates Award. She was also a conference-level nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year and was a finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford.

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New Mexico scored 11 unanswered runs on its way to defeating Utah Valley, 14-6, on Sunday afternoon at Santa Ana Star Field to sweep the three-game nonconference series.

With the setback, UVU falls to 9-42 on the season while the Mountain West Lobos improve to 12-23 with the win.

UVU will next head to the Emerald City for a key WAC series at Seattle U next weekend. The final four-game league series of the 2021 season will run Thursday to Saturday and a trip to the WAC Baseball Tournament will be on the line for both teams. UVU, SU and Northern Colorado will enter next weekend all tied in the win column with seven conference victories apiece. Only one of the three teams will be left out of the 2021 WAC Tournament field. To view the current WAC standings, click HERE.

With New Mexico holding to an early 3-0 lead in the third, UVU struck back with three runs in the top of the frame to tie the contest at 3-3. With the bases loaded and two away, Kade Poulsen delivered a two-run double to right to bring in Garrett Broussard and Tavyn Lords to make it 3-2. After Alexander Marco was hit by a pitch to again load the bases, Drew Sims followed by taking one for the team to drive in Mick Madsen and tie the game.

The Wolverines then got two more runs in the fourth to take a 5-3 lead. With Pacen Hayes and Broussard on base following a single and a walk, Mitch Moralez then drove in Hayes with an RBI groundout to first to give UVU a 4-3 advantage. Madsen then followed with an RBI single thru the right side to bring in Broussard and extend Utah Valley\u2019s lead to 5-3.

The Lobos responded with three runs in the fifth to take a 6-5 advantage and tacked on eight more in the sixth to put the game away. Lance Russell and Connor Mang both drove in runs for UNM in the fifth, while Shane Podsednik capped the big sixth inning with a bases-clearing double down the rightfield line.

After Moralez reached on an error in the seventh, Madsen then doubled to right to put two runners in scoring position with nobody out in the seventh. Poulsen would then follow with a sacrifice fly to deep left to bring in Moralez and make it a 14-6 contest. That was as close as the Wolverines would get the rest of the way however, as UNM would go on to win by eight runs.

UNM reliever Riley Egloff was credited with the win after tossing 5.0 innings of effective relief to improve to 1-1 on the year. UVU\u2019s Nick Sims was tagged with the loss to drop to 1-7.

Poulsen and Madsen led UVU offensively on the day by recording two hits apiece. Poulsen went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a double while Madsen finished with a 2-for-5 showing with an RBI, a double and a run scored. Podsednik paced UNM by going 3-for-5 with four RBIs and a pair of doubles while Kyler Castillo went 3-for-5 with three runs scored.

The Seattle U series will mark UVU\u2019s final series of the 2021 season. The 2021 WAC Tournament will be held the following week, May 26-30, at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz.

UVU softball falls in WAC tournament semifinals

Utah Valley University saw its run in the WAC Tournament come to an end by just inches in a 4-3 loss to No. 1 seed New Mexico State on Friday night at Logan Field.

The Wolverines had the tying run at second with two outs, but the final out was made at the plate with Madison Carr trying to tie the game on an Emery Nielson base hit. Carr doubled past third with two outs and nobody on, but couldn\u2019t beat the throw home on Nielson\u2019s hit to end it.

The Wolverines finish the season \u2014 head coach Stacy May-Johnson\u2019s first full season at the helm \u2014 at 24-28 overall, with one of those wins coming on Thursday over NM State in the WAC Tournament opener.

\u201cThis season has been up-and-down, but this group is resilient,\u201d said May-Johnson. \u201cThey just fight. Every game. We didn\u2019t always come out on top, but I love the way this team competes. I love the way they play the game.\u201d

Basia Query collected her program record 204th career hit in her final game, and also had two RBIs during a three-run fourth inning.

Trailing 4-0 entering the fourth, Linnah Rebolledo walked with one out and Rien Milliken followed with a double to put two in scoring position. Query drove home both runners with a base hit to right and then scored when Siena Sandoval doubled to right. Peyton Prigge delivered a base hit that looked to have tied the game, but Sandoval was called out at the plate on a close play, preserving the lead for the Aggies.

Brooke Carter pitched the 6.0 innings and didn\u2019t allow a run on just two hits and struck out eight including a streak of four in a row during the third and fourth innings.

The Aggies struck quickly behind a three-run home run in the of the first from WAC Player of the Year, Nikki Butler. Matalasi Faapito, who retired the first eight hitters she faced in the circle, added a sacrifice fly in the second inning.

Wolverine golfer Gabe Lysen set for NCAA Regionals

Utah Valley\u2019s Gabe Lysen will become just the second men\u2019s golfer in UVU history play in an NCAA Regional as he heads to his home state to compete at Tumble Creek Golf & Country Club in Cle Elum, Washington, May 17-19.

The 54-hole, three-day, Cle Elum, Washington NCAA Regional will include teams from Wake Forest, Pepperdine, Florida, Washington, East Tennessee State, Utah, Denver, Sacramento State, Arizona, San Francisco, Iowa, Oregon, Mississippi State, and Long Beach State. The tournament also features individuals from Southern Utah, UNLV, Santa Clara, and BYU.

The Regional will be played on the par-71, 7,069-yard Tumble Creek Golf & Country Club. The course consists of rolling hills that flow through pine forests, along river bluffs and across expansive meadows ringed by soaring peaks.

Lysen, a Kirkland, Washington native, earned the automatic bid into this week\u2019s NCAA Regional after winning the WAC Championship at Boulder Creek Golf Club with an 8-under-par 208 (65-71-72) on May 2. He became the first golfer in UVU history to win medalist honors at the WAC Championship and to be named WAC Player of the Year. Lysen also earned First Team All-WAC honors after posting a stroke average of 73.44 this season, which is a stroke better than his career average.

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Utah Valley University head wrestling coach Greg Williams has announced that Fresno State 133-pounder Haiden Drury will transfer to UVU and wrestle for the Wolverines.

Drury, who will have four years of collegiate eligibility remaining, capped his true freshman season at Fresno State in March by earning a podium finish at the 2021 Big 12 Championship by placing sixth in his weight class. He went 9-7 at 133 pounds on the season and entered the national rankings during his true freshman year, as he was ranked 20th in his weight class by InterMat on March 9.

\u201cHaiden is exactly the type of individual we are looking for in a student-athlete. He is focused on doing his best in school, on the mat and in his personal life,\u201d Williams said. \u201cHe had a very solid freshman year at Fresno State and continued to get better as the season progressed.

\u201cIt\u2019s unfortunate that Haiden had to find a new home as a result of Fresno State dropping wrestling. With Coach Chamberlain and 184-pounder Hunter Cruz (redshirt sophomore) also joining us this coming season, hopefully it will help his transition to UVU.\u201d

Originally from Toppenish, Washington, Drury was a three-time Washington State Champion at Toppenish High School winning the 2018 Class 2A title at 120 pounds, the 2019 title at 126 pounds and the 2020 title at 132 pounds. He is also a four-time state finalist, after finishing second as a high school freshman 113 pounds in 2017. Drury is also a 2019 Junior National Greco champion and a 2018 Cadet National Greco champ. He won a silver medal at the 2019 Junior Pan-American Games in Greco-Roman and was also crowned a Flo-Nationals Greco champ.

Drury was tabbed the 2020 Dave Schultz Excellence Award winning for the state of Washington in 2020 as well as a 2020 Dave Schultz Excellence West Regional Award winner. He recorded a 168-8 overall prep record to become the all-time winningest wrestler in Toppenish High School history.

Drury is expected to compete at 133 or 141 pounds for the Wolverines.

\u201cOur fans are going to enjoy watching Haiden compete. He is going to be very successful,\u201d Williams concluded.

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