Try convincing the UVSC baseball team that after a season in which it finished with a meager 17-35-1 record that they aren't winners.

After all, down the home stretch of the season, UVSC knocked off several teams with national reputations, including the two-time defending national champion Oregon State Beavers.

The magic started with a surprising 11-3 drumming of the nationally ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys. The ninth-ranked Cowboys were the highest ranked team the Wolverines had ever beaten.

After dropping the first three games of the series against Oklahoma State, and with ace pitcher Marcus Moore sitting comfortably in the dugout after pitching in an earlier loss, UVSC coach Steve Gardner handed the ball to hurler Bryan Smith.

In a near-perfect performance from Smith, who struck out 11, and with Adam Openshaw's early home run, the Wolverines jumped all over the Cowboys, and maybe more importantly, got a legitimate shot of something called confidence.

The side effects of that shot carried over into Utah Valley's next game the following night against cross-town rival BYU. With Moore on the hill and over 3,000 fans in attendance, the Wolverines silenced the Cougars with a dominating 11-4 victory behind Jace Brinkerhoff's three-run bomb in the first.

It was an emotional win for Gardner, as it was his final chance to coach his team in front of the home crowd, and they continued their magical mystery baseball tour of convincing wins over the elite college baseball teams in the country.

The Wolverines came up on the short end of the stick in their three-game series with the Arizona Wildcats, who came into the series as the 19th-ranked team in the country. The speed bump merely slowed Utah Valley down, however, when they traveled to Corvallis, Ore., to take on the defending champion Beavers.

After stumbling in the first game of the series, Utah Valley rebounded with a crushing 11-6 win over the Beavers. A fourth-inning grand slam by UVSC's Cole Anderson cemented the win, as the Wolverines built an 11-0 lead before the Beavers knew what had hit them. Moore pitched eight innings for Utah Valley and struck out six Oregon State batters on the way to the win.

To end the 2008 campaign, the Wolverines made the long trip across the Pacific Ocean to play a series with the University of Hawaii. Behind pitcher Dan Christensen's third complete game of the season, Utah Valley won the series opener 5-1.

"It's a great way to go out, end it on a high note," Christensen said. "It was great to have my teammates playing so well behind me."

Utah Valley's Kevin Arendse homered twice in the game and became the Wolverines' first player to do so in nearly a year. His first blast came in the second to break a scoreless tie, and his second homer came in the sixth to give the Wolverines the lead back.

In the season finale, the Wolverines escaped with a 2-0 win to send Gardner out with his 471st career win as the Wolverines' coach. It was also the final game for senior Moore, who won a school-record 10 wins on the year.

"I'm just so happy to come over here and win two games," Gardner said. "I'm thrilled to death we could send Marcus and the rest of the seniors out with a win."