OREM, Utah — Stone Ramsey’s two-out RBI single in the bottom of the eighth brought home the game-winning run as Utah Valley University edged Nevada 6-5 on Friday at Brent Brown Ballpark.
Ramsey’s base hit to center scored Beau Kallas, who was hit by a pitch earlier in the inning. The Wolverines (7-7), who entered the eighth down 5-4, tied the game on a passed ball that brought home Kade Andrus ahead of Kallas.
The Wolf Pack (9-6) took the lead courtesy of the long ball, homering three times to turn a 3-1 deficit into a 5-3 advantage before UVU’s late comeback.
“Nevada did a good job of creating energy and showed they’re a team that will fight. For a couple of innings I thought we let that affect us,” head coach Eric Madsen said. “But we stayed with it and battled and fought and that’s what we hope the guys will do every day.”
Early on the Wolverines built their narrow lead when Colby Croft delivered the first home run of the year to left center, tying the game at 1-1 in the second. Ramsey then doubled to lead off the third and scored on a double from Mark Krueger to give UVU a 2-1 lead.
Kai Hatch singled to left to plate Krueger, making it 3-1 Utah Valley after three.
That lead held until the fifth, when Jamison Rowe changed the tide of the game with a two-out, two-run home run on a 3-2 pitch to tie the game at three.
Nevada got a solo shot from Austin Byler to take the lead in the sixth. A pinch-hit home run by Hugo Hernandez extended the Wolf Pack lead to 5-3 in the seventh.
Utah Valley caught a break in the bottom of the seventh when a two-out throwing error allowed Ramsey to score to get the Wolverines within a run, setting up the final two innings.
Ryan Evans pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless relief, pitching through a one-out error in the ninth to earn his second win of the year. Adam Whitt suffered the loss for Nevada and dropped to 0-2. Wolf Pack starter Bradey Shipley struck out 10 in 6.2 innings and left in line for the win but went without a decision. He surrendered three earned runs (four total) on eight hits.
Ramsey, Krueger and Hatch had two hits each, combining for six of Utah Valley’s 10 hits. Ramsey, who drove in five runs in Thursday's series opener, also scored twice. Nevada got half of its eight hits from Byler, who was 4-for-4 and finished a double shy of the cycle.
The Wolverines will go for the series sweep on Saturday 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.