March 3, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Utah Valley University could not recover from a four-run first inning, dropping the rubber match of a three-game series at Sacramento State, 10-3, on Sunday at John Smith Field.
The Wolverines (5-7) scored twice in the second to cut the Hornets' (6-5) lead in half, but Sac State was able to pull away late, scoring six runs in its final four at-bats to win going away.
Stone Ramsey had his second straight multi-hit game for UVU, going 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and two runs batted in an afternoon the Wolverines actually equaled the Hornets with nine hits.
Sac State took advantage of walks, scoring twice on bases-loaded walks and once on a hit-by-pitch with the bases full, while also getting opportune hits with runners in scoring position.
After mounting a two-out rally in the second with an RBI double from Ramsey and an RBI single by Jordy Hart, UVU had doubles in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings go for naught, stranding runners in each inning.
The Hornets got a home run from Rhys Hoskins in the fifth and added two more in the sixth when David Del Grande was hit by a pitch to force in a run, and later when Will Soto walked with runners at every base. Sac State would add three more in the eighth.
Utah Valley's third run came after Ramsey grounded out in the seventh, scoring Court Zollinger, who tripled with one out in the inning.
Zach Morgan (1-1) pitched 6.0 innings to get the win for Sac State, which will compete against Utah Valley in the WAC beginning next season. The Wolverines used seven pitchers on the day, with starter Blake Krahenbuhl (0-2) taking the loss.
UVU is now set for its home opener, scheduled for Thursday at 4 p.m. MT against Nevada. The three-game series is also scheduled for games Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m.