Big Sixth Inning Costs Wolverines in Loss to St. Mary's

WOLVERINEGREENDOTCOM Catcher Derrick Thomas had two hits and an RBI in Saturday's loss
WOLVERINEGREENDOTCOM
Catcher Derrick Thomas had two hits and an RBI in Saturday's loss
WOLVERINEGREENDOTCOM

Feb. 17, 2007

Moraga, California - An eight-run sixth inning did Utah Valley State in on Saturday in a 13-3 loss to St. Mary's. The loss drops UV to 0-4 on the season while the Gaels improve to 5-8, clinching the three-game series with the finale tomorrow at 1pm MT.

The Wolverines led 2-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth before the Gaels pushed across eight runs to take a 9-2 lead. SMC added three more runs in the seventh and one in the eighth for the final margin.

Adam Openshaw, Eli Slesk, Dan Bulow and Derrick Thomas all had two hits each for the Wolverines with Slesk, Thomas and freshman Kevin Arendse driving in the three runs.

St. Mary's Randy Wells was 3-for-4 with two RBI while Anthony Allioti and Joel Staples drove in three runs each.

Starter Bryan Smith took the loss after getting through five innings and allowing just one run on three hits.

Three walks and a hit batter aided in the big sixth for St. Mary's as the Gaels went through three UV pitchers in the inning.

Brandon Berl (1-2) lasted seven innings, allowing two runs on nine hits for the Gaels to earn the win.

The Wolverines finished with 11 hits, compared to 13 from St. Mary's.

Freshman Jace Brinkerhoff is scheduled to make his first start as a collegiate pitcher on Sunday for Utah Valley.