Feb. 23, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. -- Playing its eighth road game in 10 days to open the season, Utah Valley University played extra innings for the third time this week, eventually falling 11-8 at Pepperdine on a three-run home run from Aaron Brown in the bottom of the 11th inning. The loss gives the Waves (6-1) a series sweep of the Wolverines (2-6).
UVU and Arizona played two extra-inning games during the week, with the Wildcats winning in 14 on Tuesday and the Wolverines in 10 on Wednesday. After Pepperdine took the first two games of the series, Sunday provided UVU its best chance to get a win in the three-game set.
Utah Valley had leads of 3-0, 6-4 and 8-4 but Pepperdine fought back to tie the game and eventually get the big hit from Brown, a preseason All-American.
"This was a long and tough road trip and I'm proud of the way we fought today. Playing the number of games we have with the travel built in and adding the extra inning games to that and it does become taxing," said head coach Eric Madsen. "We need to do a lot of things better; we're better than our record shows, but we can't expect things to just happen for us. We have to play better baseball all the way around."
The Wolverines scored three in the top of the first, scoring twice on an error before moving ahead 3-0 with a sac-fly from Beau Kallas.
Pepperdine answered with one in the bottom half of the first and another in the third before a UVU error aided in allowing two unearned runs to score for the Waves in the fourth, and UVU trailed 4-3.
Craig Brinkerhoff provided a bit hit in the fifth for the Wolverines, a two-out three-run home run to right that scored Sean Moysh and Zach Slesk. UVU added two more in the sixth, on an RBI single from Greyson Bogden and an infield hit from Moysh.
Pepperdine would chip away though, scoring once in the bottom of the six before a two-run home run by Brad Anderson in the seventh made it a one-run game. The Waves tied it in the eighth on an RBI groundout off the bat of Hutton Moyer.
UVU went down in order in the ninth, 10th and 11th innings. In the 11th, Pepperdine got a one-out double from Austin Davidson before Bryan Langlois was intentionally walked to set up the game-winning home run from Brown. Brandon Caruso had four hits to lead Pepperdine with both Brown and Davidson with three hits apiece.
Seth Rhineer had three hits to lead Utah Valley with Bogden and Slesk having two hits apiece. The Wolverines travel to Northern California next for a four-game series at the University of Pacific starting Friday. The teams will play a doubleheader on Sunday.