UVU baseball: Wolverines split Sunday doubleheader at Pacific

By Clint Burgi

For the Deseret News

Published: Sunday, March 2 2014 8:12 p.m. MST

Mark Krueger broke a 1-1 tie with a sixth-inning home run and Utah Valley scored six runs in the top of the seventh to earn a doubleheader split at Pacific on Sunday afternoon. The Wolverines won the series finale, 8-6, holding off the Tigers after five runs in the bottom of the seventh of the scheduled seven-inning game.

Pacific (7-6) won Sunday's first game, 9-5, to win its third straight at the time and clinch the series. Krueger had four hits and three RBIs over the course of the doubleheader with Riley White and Spencer Gothberg each driving in a pair of runs in the UVU win.

In the series finale, the Wolverines (3-9) sent 11 hitters to the plate in the seventh inning, collecting the six runs on six hits and a pair of Pacific errors. Gothberg reached on an infield single to lead off the frame and moved to third when Zach Slesk doubled down the line in left.

Later, with one out and the bases loaded, Seth Rhineer lined a single to left to give UVU a 3-1 lead. Krueger reached on an error that brought home another run, and White followed with a two-run single to right. Craig Brinkerhoff also had an RBI single in the inning to give UVU a 7-1 lead at the time. White scored the final run of the inning, coming around from second after Gothberg singled to second.

Pacific was able to score five times in the seventh, but Chad Michaud escaped with the potential tying run on deck to earn his first save. Devin Nelson (1-2) got the win after throwing 5.2 innings and allowing one run on six hits. Will Lydon (0-1) took the loss for Pacific.

In game one Utah Valley scored twice in the first and once more in the second for an early 3-0 lead. Krueger had an RBI in the first with all three Wolverine runs coming in unearned. Pacific tied it in the third, with two scoring on a two-run single by Taylor Murphy. Like UVU's first three runs, the Tiger's three runs in the fourth were all unearned.

Utah Valley scored twice with two outs in the sixth, getting a big two-out RBI single from Beau Kallas to take a 4-3 lead. Greyson Bogden was later hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to make it 5-3.

But Pacific came back, getting a run in the bottom of the sixth before a big five-run seventh. The Tigers scored their five runs in the decisive inning on just two hits, taking advantage of three walks and a hit batter.

Danny Beddes was in line for a win for the Wolverines after pitching six innings and allowing two earned runs (five total) on six hits and did not factor into the decision. Nate Sylvester (0-1) took the loss for the Wolverines with Kevin Hammann getting the win for Pacific.

Utah Valley will head back to Southern California next weekend, where the Wolverines spent the first two weekends of the season, with a three-game series at Long Beach State starting Friday before a single game at Cal State Northridge on March 10.

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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