Utah Valley University scored three times in the 10th to defeat Arizona, 5-2, on Wednesday at Hi Corbett Field. The win gave the teams a split of the two-game series that featured two extra-inning contests, including a 14-inning marathon on Tuesday night.
All five runs for the Wolverines (2-3) came after there were two outs and nobody on. Three of the five runs were driven in on two Sean Moysh doubles.
“We had some guys come up in key situations and Sean was huge for us,” head coach Eric Madsen said. “It was also good to see both Zac Fuller and Spencer Gothberg come off the bench and get big hits for us too.”
Up 2-1, Utah Valley looked poise to win it in the ninth. Starter Andrew Freter was in command for most of his performance, but Bobby Dalbec tied it with a home run to left, sending the game into extras for the second straight day.
In the 10th, with two outs and the bases empty, Fuller beat out a grounder to short before Moysh doubled to right center on a 2-2 pitch, giving UVU a 3-2 lead. Craig Brinkerhoff then singled home Moysh and moved to second on the throw. On the next pitch, Gotherberg single to center to score Brinkerhoff.
Chad Michaud, who came after Freter in the ninth, pitched the 10th to earn his first win of the season. Freter lasted 8.1 innings and gave up two runs on seven hits and went without a decision. Tyler Parmenter was tagged with two of the three runs in the 10th and took the loss for the Wildcats (3-2).
Arizona jumped ahead 1-0 in the third when Kevin Newman doubled to lead off the inning and later scored on a ground ball to short off the bat of Zach Gibbons.
Starter Tyler Crawford quieted the Utah Valley bats through 5.2 innings before Zach Slesk singled to right to start a two-out rally for the Wolverines. Slesk singled to right for just the second hit, and second baserunner of the day for UVU, with two outs in the sixth. Fuller followed him with a hit to right, the first hit of the young freshman’s career, and the Wolverines had two on and two out.
Moysh then delivered a two-run double into the left field corner, scoring Slesk and Fuller to give Utah Valley a 2-1 advantage.
For Freter, it was the longest outing of his career at UVU, now in his second season. His longest outing of 2013 was 6.0 innings. He lasted 5.1 innings in a tough-luck loss in the season opener last Friday at Loyola Marymount.
“I was happy for Andrew with how he pitched, heartbroken that he didn’t get the win there, but he was in control most of the way. Chad (Michaud) came in and did a great job too. Our pitching has been there for us so far this season,” Madsen said.
In earning the series split in 2014, Utah Valley and Arizona have split two-game series in each of the last three seasons.
The Wolverines now head to Malibu to face Pepperdine in a three-game series starting Friday at 3 p.m. MT.
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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