March 2, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Stone Ramsey had three hits and Devin Nelson picked up his first career win as Utah Valley University evened its series at Sacramento State with a 6-4 win on Saturday at John Smith Field.
Devin Nelson, who went without a decision in 2012 and in his first two outings of 2013, pitched 6.1 innings and gave up two earned runs (four total) on seven hits and struck out four.
Jeff Barto threw the final 2.2 innings and retired the final seven hitters he faced to earn his first save of the season. Nelson and Barto combined to strike out six without allowing a walk.
Ramsey's three-hit day included an RBI single in the eighth inning. Mark Krueger and Willie Pratt each had two hits and an RBI for the Wolverines (5-6).
After a sac-fly got the Hornets (5-5) on the board in the second inning, Utah Valley scored twice in the fourth to take a 2-1 lead. The Wolverines had three hits including a lead off double from Riley White to start the inning.
Krueger singled to put two on before Colby Croft's RBI base hit scored White to tie the game. Kade Andrus' RBI groundout brought Krueger home for the second run.
Utah Valley scored three more in the fifth to extend the advantage to 5-1. Ramsey led of the inning with a base hit up the middle, the first of four straight hits to start the frame.
Jordy Hart doubled down the line in left to bring Ramsey all the way around from first and Pratt followed with a single that plated Hart. Pratt then stole second and after a ground ball moved him the third, he scored on a base hit by Krueger to give UVU the four-run lead.
Sac State chipped away, getting two runs in the sixth after an error allowed both runs to come in unearned. Will Soto and Rhys Hoskins each had RBI singles in the inning.
Nathan Lukes' base hit added another run in the seventh and made it a one-run game, 5-4, before Ramsey's eight-inning RBI answered that run and made it 6-4.
Barto retired the side in order in the ninth, striking out Justin Higley and getting Chris Lewis to fly out to right before Dane Fujinaka grounded out to Pratt at second to end the game.
The Wolverines finished with a season-high 12 hits while the Hornets had eight hits on the night, with Lewis going 2-for-3 with an RBI.