Utah Valley University’s attempt at a series sweep fell short in a 4-1 loss at Dallas Baptist on Sunday at Horner Ballpark. A three-run sixth inning allowed the home standing Patriots (16-7) to salvage the finale against the Wolverines (7-16).
Unlike in Saturday’s game, when UVU rallied with five runs in the ninth, a comeback was not realized despite bringing the tying run to the plate in the final at-bat.
Zac Fuller singled to begin the ninth, and with two outs, Craig Brinkerhoff had his second hit of the day with a base hit. Seth Rhineer stepped in as the tying run, but Sean Stutzman was able to get him to fly out to end the game.
Stutzman pitched two scoreless innings and picked up his second save for Dallas Baptist. Cory Taylor (2-0) got the win after seven strong innings allowing one run on two hits while striking out 10. Taylor and Stutzman allowed just four UVU hits on the day.
Four Utah Valley pitchers combined to limit the Patriots to five hits, with Danny Beddes starting and going 5.2 innings. He allowed four runs on four hits in taking the loss and dropping to 1-3. Braden Poole and Eric Olguin combined to toss 2.1 scoreless innings for the Wolverines out of the bullpen.
Dallas Baptist took a 1-0 lead in the second when Nash Knight, who walked with one out, scored on a wild pitch.
Brinkerhoff tripled into the left field corner with one down in the fifth and scored, tying the game at 1-1, on Rhineer’s groundout to third.
DBU’s three-run sixth featured three different players driving in a run for the Patriots with Justin Wall’s groundout bringing home the go-ahead run.
The Wolverines won Friday in the series opener, 10-5, and looked headed for a loss Saturday before scoring five times in the ninth to win 6-3. The series win is the first for UVU so far this season.
Utah Valley now heads to Las Vegas for a single game against UNLV on Tuesday at 6:05 p.m. PT. It will be the first-ever meeting between the schools. The Rebels are 16-7 overall and 9-3 in the Mountain West after taking two of three from San Diego State over the weekend.
Clint Burgi is the assistant athletic director for sports information at Utah Valley University. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.