March 22, 2013
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -- Utah Valley University dropped the opener of a four-game series, 8-2, at Cal State Northridge on Friday afternoon at Matador Field.
The Wolverines (9-13) got a solo home run from Colby Croft and good relief effort from Jeff Barto but the Matadors (7-12) came up with a handful to two-out hits on a day they would score seven times after there were two down.
Barto pitched 5.2 innings in relief and allowed just one earned run while striking out three.
"Jeff Barto pitched exceptional for us today," said head coach Eric Madsen. "We need the rest of the guys to follow his example of how to battle and fight."
Croft's home run, his second of the season, put UVU on the board first in the second inning. Kade Andrus singled in the frame and later came around to score on a wild pitch to put the Wolverines up 2-0.
That was all Utah Valley could do offensively though as Matador starter Jerry Keel settled down and eventually picked up the win after lasting 6.0 innings and striking out six.
Cal State Northridge got three big runs in the bottom of the second when Kyle Ferramola lifted a ball to the wall in right, plating two on a triple that tied the game. Michael Livingston then brought him home with a base hit to put the Matadors ahead for good.
CSUN would add a run in the sixth before breaking it open in the eighth with Miles Williams' three-run home run providing the final blow.
Keel moved to 2-1 with the win while Andrew Freter (1-2) took the loss for UVU. Croft had two hits to lead Utah Valley with Nate Ring's three-hit day pacing Cal State Northridge.
The series continues on Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. PT/noon MT.