Utah Valley University right-hander Danny Beddes went the distance, striking out 10 without allowing a walk in an 8-1 win over New Mexico State on Friday night. UVU scored all eight of its runs over the last three innings to win in the opening game of the Western Athletic Conference series.
It was a career-high strikeout total for the sophomore Beddes, who has now pitched two complete games in his last three starts. He allowed seven scattered hits to move to 4-3 on the year, with the only run against him scoring in the first.
Mark Krueger hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the eighth, and Beau Kallas followed with a solo shot later in the inning. The Wolverines (20-23, 12-7) came alive offensively after going hitless against NM State's Christopher Bradley until the sixth inning.
“Beddes was spectacular tonight. He did a great job keeping us in the game when we really weren’t making adjustments offensively,” UVU head coach Eric Madsen said. “I was pleased to see how we came alive offensively and take advantage of some chances later on the in the game too.”
Bradley struck out 10 for the Aggies (17-24, 8-8), also a career high for the senior left-hander, and didn’t give up a hit until Cam Zollinger singled in the top of the sixth.
Trailing 1-0 in the seventh, Greyson Bogden walked with one out and moved to second on a sacrifice by Kallas. Later, with two outs in the inning, Jordy Hart tied it with a base hit to left, scoring Bogden from second.
The Aggies threatened in the bottom of the seventh with runners at first and third with one out, but Beddes got Kevin Carswell to hit into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.
In the eighth, Sean Moysh singled on the first pitch from Riley Barr before Krueger lined a 3-2 pitch over the wall in right for his fifth home run of the year. Later, Kallas hit a towering home run to left with two outs in the inning to give UVU a 4-1 lead.
Utah Valley added four runs in the top of the ninth to break the game open. Moysh drove in two runs with a base hit and Krueger singled to score two more, giving the reigning WAC Hitter of the Week four RBIs on the night.
The Wolverines finished with nine hits, two each from Hart, Moysh and Krueger, all coming after the fifth inning.
The series continues Saturday at 6:05 p.m. MT. Ryan Evans will start for Utah Valley while New Mexico State is slated to start Billy Conard.
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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