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UVSC softball team looks to bounce back vs. Utes

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OREM — Angie Crawford knows her team can compete with the likes of BYU and Utah. She's seen it in wins over UNLV and Simon Fraser, the NAIA defending champions. But last week the Wolverine softball team was crushed by BYU, 15-2 and 11-1.

Today at 3 p.m., UVSC (15-9) will get a chance at redemption when it plays at Utah (10-21). The Utes opened Mountain West Conference play last weekend by splitting with UNLV and San Diego State. UVSC and Utah will play again on April 27.

"This will definitely be a big challenge," Crawford said. "It will be huge for us to rebound after the way we played against BYU. We know we are capable of playing with them. We have to make sure we don't play scared or not to lose."

Crawford said her team played not to lose against BYU after taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning of Game 1. Once the Wolverines got the lead, "we started tightening up," she said.

To play with the Utes, Utah Valley will have to eliminate the mental mistakes they had against BYU. The Wolverines committed seven errors in the two games with the Cougars.

UVSC has shown explosiveness at the plate. They have seven players batting over .300, led by Stacey Johnson's .417 average.

A pleasant surprise at the plate has been leadoff hitter Kelli Hardy.

Hardy is batting .304 and has two home runs.

"She's produced more power then I anticipated," Crawford said. "She has poked it out there and caused havoc for teams."

Following Tuesday's affair with Utah, UVSC will host Weber State on Saturday in a doubleheader beginning at noon. UVSC beat Weber on Friday 9-2 and 15-0.

TRACK: The UVSC track team set three school records and placed first in three events at the Cougar Invitational last week. Gavin Shaw placed first and set a record in the hammer with a throw of 61.40 meters.

Stig Robertson finished first and set a school record in the 400-meter hurdle with a time of 51.84. Derek Andriesian earned first place in the discus with a throw of 50.65 meters. Sean Welch's time of 23.08 in the 200-meter run set a new Utah Valley record.

The best women's finisher at the Invitational was Darci Gribble. Gribble finished second in the 5,000-meter run at 18:58.20.

Ayisha Inusah finished fourth in the 400-meter run with a time of 57.93 and Andrea Larsen finished fourth in the discuss throw, tossing it 44.45m.

BASEBALL: After splitting two games with Northern Colorado over the weekend, UVSC is in action today at Albertson College. UVSC split with Albertson last week, losing 11-7 and winning 6-3. UVSC's next home game is April 20 against Utah.