Katie Zuniga played her second full game as Utah Valley University completed a California Baptist clean-up streak with a 6-3 victory Saturday afternoon. Mikaela Thomson had two kicks for the Wolverines (16-17, 7-8) and Jordan Freas delivered a small kick, a two-run song, while UVU went through its winning streak in four rows.
“We worked hard on defense, because that was a part we really needed to improve. It all starts with entering the field and then letting the defense work behind them “, said the head coach of UVU, Cody Thomson. “We’re trying to get a list as we prepare for the WAC tournament and I think we’re starting to click.”
Zuniga continued its closing Friday with a full 101-field three-kick game without allowing a walk. She did not give a free pass in any outing as she hit seven combined during two games and went on to 6-6 a year.
The Lancers (24-23, 6-9) led 2-0 after single runs in the first and second, before walks and errors allowed the Wolverines to take a 3-2 lead after two runs. The first three UVU strikers in the second walks and an attempt to get Thomson to the plate with the bases loaded on the ground in the third was thrown by the catcher to let the first runner to score. Karleigh Olsen followed with a sacrificial flight to equalize the game and a double-exit error at the start allowed Megan Gibbs to score to give Utah Valley a 3-2 lead without recording a shot.
The Wolverines reloaded the bases in the third with two passes and a strong kick when Freas came on the plate and lined up a 2-2 field on the right that scored Gibbs and Danyé Albritton to make it 5-2. Freas’s shot was the first for the team in the match.
Raegan Cheyne took a run back in fourth for the California Baptist with a two-out single just inside the back row after third, but Thomson doubled Linnah Rebolledo home from the first to the end of the tournament. Zuniga retreated in nine of the last 11 blows he faced, including the side in a row in seventh.
The Wolverines are scheduled for four rivalry matches next week, with a single game at BYU on Wednesday before hosting Dixie State in a series of three WAC matches next weekend. The next six games in the program are all against opponents within the state.
UVU baseball launches home game in Dixie State
Dixie State responded to claim the series final, 8-5, over Utah Valley University baseball on Saturday afternoon at UCCU Ballpark. Despite the hurdle, UVU won its second consecutive WAC series for the first time since 2018, after taking two of three from DSU as part of the Old Hammer Rivalry.
In a back-to-back race, UVU (14-22, 7-11 WAC) held a 3-2 lead after four, but DSU (15-20, 9-9 WAC) managed to score six runs during the five finals. queues to draw Saturday final. Mitch Moralez led UVU doing 3-on-4 as Spencer Olsen returned home and returned home three runs a day for the Wolverines.
“You have to give the Dixie State hat, they played very well today,” said UVU chief Eddie Smith. “They beat our best wings. Statistically we ran our best wings there, and they found a way to beat them. In the offense, we just could not seem to take the blow of the herd when we needed to, but we will get back to work on Monday and just keep getting a little better every day. ”
Nick Sims was labeled with his first loss of the year in relief to drop to 5-1, while DSU facilitator Justin Woodbury (1-1) won the victory after throwing a pair of goalless games.
Four Trailblazers recorded multi-stroke exits in the afternoon and Kaden Hollow led the way going 3-on-5 with three RBIs.
Despite the loss, UVU have won five of their last eight ball games. It also marked the first time the Wolverines have taken the next WAC series for the first time since taking home two of three from Northern Colorado and UTRGV in March 2018.
Saturday marked Alumni Day for Utah Valley as a number of former UVU baseball players were present. Both the 1992 and 2012 teams were also recognized for their achievements in those seasons.
The Wolverines will now embark on a four-game trip to Southern California next week. UVU will begin with a non-conference midweek at UC Riverside on Wednesday, April 20, followed by a three-game WAC series at California Baptist next weekend (April 22-24).
The track achieves high grades
The Utah Valley Runway and Field Team gave impressive impressions this weekend at Bryan Clay Invitational at Cougar Stadium in Azusa, California and Beach Invitational at Jack Rose Runway in Long Beach, California.
The Utah Valley 10,000-meter women’s running team literally passed the race at Bryan Clay Invitational after all four UVU runners finished in the top five.
Everlyn Kemboi set a school record after finishing second with a time of 33: 12.98. Hannah Branch finished third (33: 17.45), Mazzie Melaney was fourth (33: 35.29), and Caila Odekirk was fifth (34: 03.06). All four athletes are ranked nationally. Following their performance at Bryan Clay Invite, the 10K squad is likely to be the highest ranked squad in the country.
On the men’s side, Adam Bunker finished fourth in the Hurdles with a time of 8: 44.90. Time ranks him 16th nationally and is the third fastest time by a freshman in the country this season.
Caleb Furnell finished fourth in the 200m with a time of 20.89, while Cameron Franklin was ranked ninth in the 400m with 47.73. Aaron Johnson also finished in the top-10 in the 200 meters at 21.21. In the women’s 400m, Larissa Dabb finished 13th with 55.09. Johnson was also fifth in the 100-meter dash with 10.54, followed by Furnell seventh with 10.55.
Utah Valley will continue its outdoor season at BYU Robison Invitational, April 20-23, in Provo.