UVU baseball: Utah Valley loses late lead in 7-3 loss to Long Beach State

By Clint Burgi

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, March 8 2014 9:46 p.m. MST

Utah Valley University led 3-1 entering the bottom of the seventh but was bitten by six late Long Beach State runs to fall, 7-3, and drop its second straight game in the series.

The Dirtbags (8-6) scored four times in the seventh and twice more in the eighth after the Wolverines (3-11) led 3-0 early on. All three UVU runs came in the third inning.

The Wolverines got on the board in the three-run third with an RBI single from Jordy White to bring home Craig Brinkerhoff, who singled to lead off the inning. Zach Slesk scored in a passed ball to give UVU a 2-0 lead, and the third run came across to score on a sacrifice fly from Mark Krueger.

Long Beach State got one run back in the fourth when Michael Hill tripled home Garrett Hamson.

The Dirtbags tied it in the seventh with a bases-loaded, two-run double by Alex Bishop before a sacrifice fly and sacrifice bunt added runs to give LBSU a 5-3 lead. Two insurance runs were added in the eighth and Tyler Provencher pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to finish off the game.

Provencher picked up a save after tossing two innings in relief of Andrew Rohrbach, who improved to 2-1. Utah Valley got a quality start from Ryan Evans, who pitched 6.1 innings and allowed three runs on four hits. Kyle Valgardson (0-1) suffered the loss for the Wolverines.

Hart and Brinkerhoff led UVU with two hits apiece. The series concludes Sunday with a 2 p.m. MT start. UVU will also play at Cal State Northridge on Monday afternoon before returning home for its first WAC series this week against North Dakota.

Clint Burgi is the assistant athletic director for sports information at Utah Valley University. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.