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UVU softball: Wolverines sweep North Dakota Fighting Sioux

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Game 1

Game 2

FARMER'S BRANCH, Texas — Behind solid pitching performances, the Utah Valley University softball team moved to 3-1 in the Great West Conference cluster on Saturday, with 7-2 and 5-3 victories over the University of North Dakota.

"I'm very happy with the girls' play today in every aspect of the game," UVU softball coach Todd Fairborn said. "They got hits when we needed them. We made pitches when we had to, and we were solid defensively all day long."

In Game 1, Tiffany Mills scattered seven hits and allowed three runs, struck out four and walked just one in earning the victory.

The Fighting Sioux scored single runs in the second and third to lead 2-1 heading into the fourth inning. The Wolverines exploded for two runs in each of the next three innings to pull away.

Maddy Schulz and Kylee Brinkerhoff had RBIs in the fourth, and Amanda Robinson belted a two-run homer in the fifth to put the game out of reach.

The Wolverines added two more in the sixth on a UND error and a double by Robinson.

Marie Williams, Robinson, Jamie North and Schulz added two hits each for the Wolverines.

In Game 2, Cassie Herrera and Megan Peay combined to allow just two runs, as the Wolverines moved to 16-6 overall.

Herrera, who threw a complete game in the Wolverines' win over Nebraska-Omaha on Friday, allowed two runs in 4 1/3 innings, while Peay allowed just one hit in 2 2/3 innings.

The Wolverines scored single runs in the first and second innings before breaking the game open in the fourth.

Schulz, who singled to open the frame, later stole home for the first run of the frame, before Robinson and Amanda Perez added RBI singles.

Perez finished the game with 3-for-4 and three RBIs, and Robinson went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

The Wolverines close out the weekend Sunday with a doubleheader with Houston Baptist beginning at 9 a.m.

Jay Hinton is a sports information assistant at Utah Valley University.