UVU baseball: Wolverines win second straight at WAC Tournament
Mark Krueger and Kade Andrus each had four-hit days as Utah Valley University topped Texas-Pan American, 9-2, to move on in the winner's bracket of the 2014 WAC Tournament at Cubs Park.
Krueger also had three RBIs including an inside-the-park home run in the ninth, UVU's first since Nick Connor did it during the 2005 season against Utah. The Wolverines (27-28) now advance to face either Sacramento State or Bakersfield with a shot to advance to the championship game.
Against the Broncs (27-29), Utah Valley handed WAC Pitcher of the Year Sam Street (12-2) just his second loss of the season. Street, who entered with 11 complete games on the year including seven in a row, lasted 6.2 innings and was charged with six earned runs on 12 hits - both season highs.
"I'm proud of our team and how they played today," head coach Eric Madsen said. "The guys followed the plan and stayed within their approach the entire game against a very good UTPA team and a great and talented pitcher in Sam Street."
The Wolverines scratched two runs across in the first - on a bases loaded walk to Craig Brinkerhoff and an infield hit by Greyson Bogden - before UTPA matched that output in the bottom of the inning.
Utah Valley came right back in the second, getting a leadoff hit from Zach Slesk and the first of two doubles by Andrus, scoring Slesk from first. Krueger then drove home Andrus with a two-out single to right, giving the Wolverines a 4-2 lead.
The score remained 4-2 until the seventh when Krueger doubled with one out and came in to score on Brinkerhoff's third double of the tournament. Bogden then followed with base hit, scoring Brinkerhoff and giving the Wolverines a 6-2 advantage.
Ryan Evans (5-5) lasted into the eighth for UVU, pitching 7.1 innings, allowing two runs on six hits. Texas-Pan American threatened in the eighth, loading the bases with one out after a walk, an error and a base hit, but Tory Ulibarri struck out Bryan Ramirez and got Alex Howe to fly out to center to end the inning.
In the ninth, Sean Moysh singled before Krueger lined a ball to right-center and centerfielder Evan Mason attempted to catch it on a dive. The ball got by Mason and rolled all the way to the wall, allowing Krueger to go all the way around for his seventh home run of the year. Utah Valley added another run when Brinkerhoff later singled and came in on a double by Beau Kallas.
Eric Olguin got the final three outs in the ninth, stranding the bases loaded to end the game. The Broncs stranded 13 runners on the day.
The Wolverines finished with 17 hits. In addition to the four-hit days from Krueger and Andrus, the trio of Brinkerhoff, Bogden and Slesk had two hits each. Victor Garcia Jr. had two of UTPA's eight hits.
Clint Burgi is the assistant athletic director for sports information at Utah Valley University. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.