MORAGA, Calif. - Behind solid pitching and timely hitting, the Utah Valley University baseball team defeated Saint Mary's College, 6-3, in Sunday's finale at Louis Guisto Field. With the victory the Wolverines (9-11) took the three-game series from the Gaels (6-14).
"Any time you can come on the road and take the series you're doing something right," UVU head coach Eric Madsen said. "Adam Gunn and our other pitchers did a good job for us and we had some guys step up offensively when we needed them to. I'm proud of the guys for finding a way to score enough runs to get the win."
SMC jumped out to an early 2-0 lead thanks to a two-out rally in the first inning. Both Anthony Villa and Collin Ferguson delivered back-to-back RBI hits in the frame.
The Wolverines then took their first lead of the game in the fifth when they pushed across three runs to take a 4-2 advantage. With runners on second and third, Jordy Hart drove home the first run of the frame with a single to center field. Beau Kallas and Mark Krueger then drove in Pratt and Hart respectively with sacrifice flies.
The Gaels pushed home a run of their own in the sixth to make it a 4-3 game, but the Wolverines answered in the seventh when Krueger plated Kallas with a one-out single to left to give UVU a 5-3 lead.
SMC then had its best chance to score in the last of the seventh when it loaded the bases with two outs, but UVU reliever Brian Whatcott came on with a 2-0 count on the batter, Ferguson, and eventually got him to fly out to center to end the threat.
In the eighth, Pratt gave Utah Valley a little insurance by blasting out his first home run of the year to right.
Adam Gunn picked up the win to improve to 2-3 on the year after giving up just three runs in 6.2 innings. Gunn also struck out five and walked just one in the outing. UVU lefty Tory Ulibarri came in with two on and two out in the ninth and struck out SMC's Ferguson to record his first save as a Wolverine.
Pratt and White led Utah Valley with two hits apiece in the game, while Krueger led the way in RBIs by driving home two runs.
DonAndre Clark led Saint Mary's as he finished with four hits (4-for-5) in the game.
After spending the entire week on the road, UVU will return to the state of Utah to face in-state rival Utah at Spring Mobile Ballpark in Salt Lake City Tuesday at 6 p.m. The Wolverines will then trek back to California next weekend to play a four-game series at Cal State Northridge beginning on Friday.
James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit www.WolverineGreen.com.
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