A five-run rally in the ninth propelled Utah Valley University to a 6-3 win at Dallas Baptist on Saturday at Horner Ballpark. The win is the Wolverines’ second straight and clinches the three-game series that concludes Sunday at 1 p.m. CT.
Trailing 3-1 entering the ninth, Craig Brinkerhoff led off with a base hit before the Wolverines got a pair of breaks. Seth Rhineer reached on catcher’s interference before a Zach Slesk bunt ricocheted off Nash Knight’s glove at third, loading the bases.
UVU (7-15) got a run to make it 3-2 when Jordy Hart was hit by a pitch, forcing in Brinkerhoff. Greyson Bogden followed with an RBI single, tying the game at 3-3, before Mark Krueger gave the Wolverines the lead two batters later with a sacrifice fly to center that scored Hart.
On the next pitch Beau Kallas doubled into the corner in left, scoring Bogden and Sean Moysh and giving the Wolverines the 6-3 lead.
In the bottom of the ninth, Chad Michaud retired the side in order including the last two hitters on strikeouts. Michaud got Drew Turbin looking to end the game and picked up his second save.
"I was so impressed by our desire to win today," UVU head coach Eric Madsen said. "We pitched it well throughout the game and I'm excited to see the type of baseball we're playing against a very good team."
Tyler Sturdivant (2-0) got the win for Utah Valley after getting the final two outs in the bottom of the eighth. Five Wolverine pitchers combined to limit the Patriots (15-7) to just four hits while overcoming six walks in the game.
Joseph Shaw (1-1) took the loss after surrendering three earned runs (four total) in the ninth inning. The ninth-inning comeback erased a seven-inning performance by Dallas Baptist starter Cy Sneed. Sneed gave up just one run on five hits and was in line for a win.
The Wolverines took a 1-0 lead in the fourth with Kallas scoring out a two-out single by Rhineer. The Patriots took the lead with two in the bottom of the fourth and one more in the sixth.
Bogden and Kallas had two hits apiece on a nine-hit day for the Wolverines. Four of the nine hits came in the ninth. Daniel Salters was 2-for-3 with two RBIs for Dallas Baptist
Clint Burgi is the assistant athletic director for sports information at Utah Valley University. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.