Feb. 16, 2013
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- A pair of bases-loaded walks that aided in a late UC Riverside rally doomed Utah Valley University in an 8-7 Wolverine loss on Saturday at the Palm Springs Invitational.
Tied 6-6 in the bottom of the eighth, Utah Valley (1-2) allowed five walks, two with the bases full that forced in runs, to give the Highlanders (1-1) an 8-6 lead. The Wolverines threatened in the ninth but stranded the tying run at third.
Sean Moysh had four hits on the night, including a pair of doubles, to lead Utah Valley at the plate. The Wolverines outhit the Highlanders 9-7.
Trailing 1-0 in the third, UVU scored twice to take the lead. Mark Krueger picked up his first RBI with a base hit to left to score Jordy Hart. Kai Hatch's RBI groundout plated Moysh to give UVU the lead.
UC Riverside answered with a run in the third and, after UVU scored once in the fourth, tied it again in the bottom of the inning.
The Wolverines took a 5-3 lead in the fifth after Moysh led off with a double, moved to third on a wild pitch and then scored on a grounder to second off the bat of Willie Pratt. After Hatch doubled two batters later, and error allowed him to score for the two-run lead.
That lead held into the seventh, when a pair of walks to start the inning chased UVU starter Andrew Freter from the game. Both walks came in to score on a Josh Holinsworth one-out triple. Clayton Prestridge delivered a two-out single to score Holinsworth and cap a three-run inning that gave UCR a 6-5 advantage.
Utah Valley caught a big break in the top of the eighth when a two-out throwing error allowed Colby Croft to score the tying run, setting the up the bottom half of the eighth.
The Wolverines close out the weekend on Sunday at 10 a.m. PT/11 a.m. MT against Gonzaga in a rematch of Friday's opener. UVU defeated the Bulldogs, 6-2, on Friday and both teams enter Sunday's contest at 1-2.