Utah Valley University advanced to the championship game of the 2014 Western Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament with a 5-2 win over Bakersfield on Friday night at Cubs Park.
The Wolverines (28-28) will face the winner of Saturday’s contest between Bakersfield (26-32) and Sacramento State (35-22), and with a win would advance to their first NCAA Tournament.
Andrew Freter (6-7) pitched into the ninth and allowed just two unearned runs to get the win. Chad Michaud came in with the potential tying run in Mylz Jones at the plate and induced a game-ending 6-4-3 double play to earn his sixth save of the year and second of the tournament.
"Andrew was great tonight, making big pitches when he needed to and working around some tough situations he was put into," head coach Eric Madsen said. "To get that start offensively was good to see too. We know we can put together a better performance both defensively and more consistently at the plate and we'll need to if we want that next win.”
UVU scored four times in the first against James Barragan, with Kade Andrus leading off with a base hit and after a walk scoring the first run on a base hit by Sean Moysh. Mark Krueger walked before Riley White singled home Moysh to make it 2-0.
Craig Brinkerhoff then delivered his fourth double of the tournament, scoring Krueger and Moysh to complete the 4-0 inning. Brinkerhoff, who also drove in Krueger with a sacrifice fly in the fifth, had three RBIs in the game and has nine batted in to lead all hitters in the tournament.
Following his four-hit night Thursday, Andrus was 3-for-4 while White had two hits for the Wolverines. The Roadrunners (26-32) outhit UVU, 13-10, and got three hits from Oscar Sanay. Utah Valley recorded three double plays in the game. Barragan (5-6) lasted 7.0 innings and allowed five runs on 10 hits in taking the loss for Bakersfield.
The ‘Runners, the No. 4 seed, will face top seed and regular season champion Sac State at 4 p.m. MT on Saturday. The winner will face No. 3 Utah Valley at 8 p.m. MT. Should UVU lose Saturday night, the if necessary, winner-take-all game will be Sunday at noon PT.
Clint Burgi is the assistant athletic director for sports information at Utah Valley University. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.