Fresh off a 13-0 run-rule feat over BYU, a Utah Valley University softball group travels to Eugene, Oregon, to face No. 2 Oregon for a midweek doubleheader on Wednesday evening. The contests will symbol a rematch from final year’s NCAA Tournament diversion between a Wolverines and Ducks.
Wednesday’s twin check starts during 5 p.m. MT, and will take place during ancestral Howe Field on a UO campus. The nightcap of a doubleheader afterwards follows during approximately 7 p.m.
In Utah Valley’s (12-20) 13-0 feat over adjacent opposition BYU final Saturday, Bailey Moore pitched her initial collegiate no-hitter and only a second in module history. Moore twirled a gem as she struck out dual and did not concede a strike en track to UVU’s initial win over a Cougars in Provo in 16 tries. The sophomore right-hander from Ely, Nevada, was named a WAC Pitcher of a Week on Monday following her no-hitter over BYU.
UVU’s bats also came alive in a 13-0 feat over a Cougars as a Wolverines slugged out 7 hits, including a first-inning grand impact from Hailey Kofler. Brianna Gatlin continued to pitch a prohibited bat as she extended her attack strain to 16 games by going a ideal 3-for-3 with 3 runs batted in, dual runs scored and a walk. Brittney Vansway and Taleigh Williams too gathering home mixed runs in a diversion as any finished with a span of RBIs.
On a season, Gatlin leads a Wolverines and a Western Athletic Conference with a .432 batting normal and an even .500 on-base percentage. She is also tops on group in hits (32), home runs (seven), doubles (seven), RBIs (19), runs scored (20) and slugging (.811).
Moore leads UVU in a round with an 8-11 record and a 4.21 ERA. She also paces a Wolverines and a WAC in innings pitched (129.2), strikeouts (81), starts (20) and appearances (28).
The second-ranked Ducks enter Wednesday’s twin check with a 26-3 altogether record and an unblemished 6-0 start in Pac-12 play. UO has won 10-straight games after unconditional a University of Utah in discussion movement in Salt Lake City this past weekend. All 3 of a Ducks waste have come to associate ranked foes, as dual of their 3 have come to No. 1 Florida while a other reversal was to No. 7 Baylor.
Gwen Svekis paces a UO offense with a .523 average, while Janie Takeda is subsequent during .448. Jenna Lilly leads a approach in RBIs with 25, and Koral Costa is tops in prolonged balls with eight. The Ducks are led by Cheridan Hawkins in a circle, as a southpaw enters Wednesday with 13-2 record, 6 saves and a 0.32 ERA. Her 0.32 warranted run normal is good adequate for second in a nation, and opponents are attack only .119 off her.
Wednesday’s contests will symbol a seventh and eighth all-time meetings between UVU and UO after a dual met adult 3 times in Eugene final season, as good as dual some-more times during a 2007 debate and once in 2013. In a regular-season doubleheader in late Apr final year, a top-ranked Ducks took a initial diversion by a measure of 8-0 before a Wolverines battled behind and scarcely dissapoint a No. 1 group in a nation as it took a sixth-inning home run from Oregon to win that game, 5-4. The dual afterwards once again faced off opposite one another in a opening diversion of a Eugene Regional, and a home Ducks came divided with a 12-1 victory. UO enters play with a 6-0 array advantage.
Up subsequent for a Wolverines
UVU heads to Las Cruces, New Mexico, to start a second deteriorate of WAC play this weekend. The Wolverines and preseason favorite New Mexico State Aggies start a three-games discussion array on Friday during 6 p.m., during a NM State Softball Complex. The Wolverines were picked to finish in a tie for fourth place in a preseason poll.
James Warnick is an partner sports information executive during Utah Valley University. For some-more information about Wolverine athletics, revisit WolverineGreen.com.