MORAGA, Calif. — It took extra innings, but Utah Valley University managed to snap its three-game skid with a 9-6 come-from-behind win over Saint Mary's College Friday at Louis Guisto Field.
The Gaels then threatened with a two-out rally in the last of the ninth, but Braden Poole got out of the jam by making Brenden Kalfus pop up for the final out.
The Wolverines (8-10) then wasted no time pulling ahead in the 10th, as Willie Pratt began the frame with a single. Jordy Hart then sacrificed him to second and Pratt reached third on a wild pitch. With just one out, Beau Kallas laced a sharp single into center to score the go-ahead run. Hatch later gave Utah Valley some insurance with a two-run double to right to give the Wolverines the three-run cushion.
Poole then came back out for the 10th and shut the door on the Gaels by retiring the side in order.
"We competed really well today," UVU head coach Eric Madsen said. "I was pleased with how the guys were able to overcome a couple of injuries and just keep fighting. We had a lot of people get into the game and do great things for us. It was a complete team effort."
Hatch led UVU with four hits (4-for-6), two RBIs and two runs scored. Kallas, Krueger and Colby Croft all tallied three hits apiece in the game. The Wolverines fell behind 3-0 in the first but quickly answered back with two runs in the second and two more in the third to take a 4-3 advantage. Pratt and Riley White came through with RBIs in the second, while Kade Andrus delivered a two-run double to center in the third.
The score remained 4-3 until the seventh when UVU pushed a run across to take a 5-3 lead. The Gaels then struck back with three runs of their own in the last of the seventh to take a 6-5 advantage. Ricky Boas and Anthony Gonsolin drove home runs in the inning with back-to-back triples.
Poole picked up the win (1-0) for Utah Valley after pitching the final two innings. The Wolverine sophomore allowed just one hit and one walk while facing seven batters. SMC closer Patrick Keane suffered the loss for the Gaels to drop to 1-2.
Andrew Freter started on the mound for UVU and allowed just three runs on six hits in six innings of work.
After being held to limited to just seven hits in two games earlier in the week at Texas Tech, the Wolverines slugged out 19 on Friday against the Saint Mary's.
The Wolverines will continue the three-game series with the Gaels Saturday at 2 p.m. MT. The two will then conclude the series on Sunday with another 2 p.m. MT start.
James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit www.WolverineGreen.com.