GREELEY, Colo. — After seeing a two-run lead vanish in the ninth, Utah Valley University answered with seven runs in the 10th to top Northern Colorado, 11-4, and earn a split of the day's doubleheader.
In game one, the Bears got a walk-off win in the bottom of the seventh to win 4-3.
In the night cap, Mark Krueger had a career-best four hits including two doubles. He doubled home the go-ahead runs in the 10th with a two-out hit to left, giving UVU (19-24, 10-5) a 6-4 lead.
Riley White, Stone Ramsey and Spencer Gothberg followed with base hits before Taylor Berg doubled home two more runs to cap a three-hit day for the senior catcher. Jordy Hart drove in the seventh run of the frame on a single to right that brought home Berg.
The Bears (21-21, 12-6) tied it in the ninth on a one-out double by Jensen Park that brought home two runs. Northern Colorado had the bases full and just one out and seemed poised to get a walk-off win for the second time on the day. However, UVU reliver Brian Whatcott struck out Andrew Coffman and got Ben Netzel to line out to Krueger at first on a 3-2 pitch, sending the game to the 10th.
"We allowed them (Northern Colorado) to get into position to win that game," UVU head coach Eric Madsen said. "But to see Brian come in and get out of that jam and for the guys to respond like that and put up those runs in the 10th was outstanding."
Utah Valley pushed three runs across in the third inning to take a 3-0 lead. After Berg doubled and later scored on a double-play ball, Greyson Bogden tripled and scored on Kai Hatch's double. Hatch then moved to third and later scored on a pair of wild pitches.
The Bears scored twice in the sixth to get within a run but that was answered with another run for UVU — again on a wild pitch — when Ramsey singled, stole second and later scored.
Andrew Freter was in line for the win but did not factor into the decision after NC tied it in the ninth. Whatcott picked up the win to move to 1-1, while UVU saddled Bears' closer Kevin Willman with the loss, dropping him to 4-3.
The Wolverines had 16 hits while the Bears had 13, four of which came from Coffman.
Willman was the winning pitcher in the opener after also picking up the save in Friday's series opener. He pitched the seventh inning of game one before Coffman hit a sacrifice fly with the bases full and one out, scoring Ryan Yamane for the winning run.
Trailing 3-0 after a three-run second for the Bears, Hatch doubled home Bogden in the third to get UVU on the board. The Wolverines later tied it in the fourth when White scored on a wild pitch and Hart hit a sac fly to score Colby Croft.
Bogden and White both had two hits for UVU in game one on Saturday.
The Wolverines will try and salvage a series split on Sunday with first pitch slated for noon.
Clint Burgi is the assistant athletic director for sports information at Utah Valley University. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.
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