March 9, 2008
SACRAMENTO, California - Utah Valley squandered a three-run ninth inning lead to drop its final game of the River City Classic, 6-5, to San Jose State on Sunday.
Jake Rickenbach came up with a key, eighth inning two-out single up the middle to score the Wolverines (3-9-1) fourth and fifth runs of the game before the Spartans (8-4) plated four in the bottom of the ninth to earn the come-from-behind win.
SJSU scored the four runs on just two hits in the inning as the Wolverines walked in the tying run with the bases loaded and Corey Valine was hit by a Craig Stringham pitch to force in the winning run.
The inning started inauspiciously after reliever Kyle Kasper struck out Jacob Bruns to lead off the inning but Bruns still reached on a passed ball before moving to second on a wild pitch and to third on a throwing error.
Jason Martin followed Bruns with a double, trimming the lead to 5-3. After a strikeout, Craig Hertler doubled home Martin to get San Jose State within a run.
John Shaffer was hit by a pitch before Alex Sofranac walked to load the bases with one out, chasing Kasper from the game.
Stringham then came on for Utah Valley but walked Kyle Bellows to tie the game before hitting Valine for the game winner.
Early on, after the Spartans scored one run in the first, the Wolverines tied it when Rickenbach scored on a wild pitch. Jace Brinkerhoff gave UV a 3-1 lead later in the inning with a double to score AJ Palmer and Ryan Jones.
Utah Valley led 3-2 in the eighth when Rickenbach came up with his seemingly big single.
Bryan Smith threw 5 1/3 innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and struck out six in a no-decision. Andy Jangard threw two scoreless innings out of the bullpen for the Wolverines. Kasper (0-2) suffered the loss while Ryan Snopshire (3-0) got the win for the Spartans.
Utah Valley will be back in action on Tuesday at BYU at 6pm.