TUCSON, Ariz. - Tentth-ranked Arizona scored in bunches on Wednesday, topping Utah Valley 14-5 to earn a split of the two-game midweek series at Hi Corbett Field.
The Wildcats (8-2) had 14 hits, seven of which were extra base hits including a home run from Brandon Dixon and two triples from Trent Gilbert. Dixon went 3-for-3 with three RBIs, and Sam Parris had two hits and two batted in for the reigning College World Series champions.
The Wolverines (4-5) finished with 10 hits on the day, getting two each from Kai Hatch, Colby Croft and Kade Andrus. Croft had a two-run double in the sixth for UVU.
“Arizona is a superb offensive club and you saw why today,” UVU head coach Eric Madsen said. “We need to a better job in all areas but today shows why they’re the elite program they are and what they’re capable of. I do think we had our moments at the plate but still have a lot of work to do. I like our club and the potential we have but we have to continue to get better.”
UVU scored first when Croft and Andrus led off the second with consecutive singles and moved up on a sac-bunt from Court Zollinger. Croft then came in on Beau Kallas’ grounder to short, giving UVU a 1-0 lead in the second.
Arizona responded with a three-run third, tying the game when Zach Gibbons scored on a Johnny Field base hit. Dixon then gave the Wildcats a 3-1 lead with a two-run home run to left.
Hatch doubled and later scored in the fourth to get UVU within a run, 3-2, but Arizona responded with a run in the fourth and then put six on the board in the fifth.
In the fifth, the Wildcats sent 10 hitters to the plate and had five hits including a two-run double from Parris to take a 10-2 lead.
The Wolverines got three back in the sixth, two coming on Croft’s double. After a base hit by Andrus, Zollinger singled home Croft for the third run and trimming the deficit to 10-5.
Arizona would go on to add another in the sixth before a four-hit eighth plated three more runs.
Cody Moffett (1-0) got the win for the Wildcats, while Ty Hansen (0-1) took the loss for Utah Valley. The loss ends a modest two-game winning streak for UVU against Arizona, which now holds a 16-2 all-time advantage in the series.
The Wolverines now head to Sacramento State for a three-game set against the Hornets, a future WAC foe for UVU. The series starts Friday at 3 p.m. MT with Adam Gunn on the mound for the opener.
Clint Burgi is the assistant athletic director for sports information at Utah Valley University. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.
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