LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Grand Canyon University managed to piece together an 11-run eighth-inning to eliminate Utah Valley University from the 2018 WAC Softball Tournament, 18-7 in eight innings, on Friday afternoon in Las Cruces.
The second-seeded Wolverines (21-29) got a pair of three-run home runs from Basia Query and Lyndsay Steverson on the afternoon, but then missed a golden opportunity to score in the last of the seventh inning en route to falling in extra innings to the fourth-seeded Antelopes (30-27).
With the setback, UVU finishes its 2018 WAC Softball Tournament run with a 1-2 record after falling to No. 6 UMKC in its opening game and defeating No. 5 CSU Bakersfield in an elimination game on Thursday evening. After taking second place in the WAC regular-season standings, the Wolverines will now await a possible postseason invitation to the National Invitational Softball Championship (NISC). Brackets for the second-year NISC will be announced on Sunday evening following the NCAA Tournament Selection Show.
Query led the Wolverines offensively in the ballgame by going 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored, while Steverson finished 1-for-4 with three runs driven home and a run scored as well. Brianna Moeller and Skylar Cook also had nice offensive performances for UVU by each going 2-for-4 on the day.
Baseball series against Seattle University postponed: At Orem, Friday’s scheduled WAC series opener between Utah Valley University and Seattle University has been postponed due to weather. The teams will now play a doubleheader on Saturday at UCCU Ballpark beginning at 2 p.m. MT.
The scheduled Senior Day recognition will take place between games one and two on Saturday. Also, Sunday’s series finale has been rescheduled to 11 a.m. MDT to accommodate scheduled travel for Seattle U.