April 29, 2008
Game One Box - Game Two Box
OREM, Utah - Marcus Moore picked up his seventh win of the year and Utah Valley hammered out 17 hits in a 15-6 win over Northwest Nazarene in the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday. The Wolverines (12-28-1) fell 4-3 in the opener to the Crusaders (29-21).
Moore (7-5) tied a school record for wins in a season after allowing one run on five hits and striking out five in seven innings of work.
The Wolverines jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first after sending nine hitters to the plate and getting two-run singles from both Scott Croshaw and Jake Rickenbach.
Northwest Nazarene scored its only run off of Moore with an RBI single by Cory Warburton in the second inning.
After that Moore was nearly unhittable, allowing just one hit over his final five and 2/3 innings. The senior, who will start next Monday's home finale against BYU, improved his ERA to 2.99 on the year.
Offensively, Utah Valley kept the pressure on NNU, scoring in seven of eighth innings. Jace Brinkerhoff, who hit his fifth home run in the opening game, led off the fourth inning of game two with number six. Dick Bargewell hit his first home run of the year in the eighth.
The Crusaders, who trailed 14-1 heading into the eighth, scored five late runs to cut into the big lead.
Six different Wolverines had two hits with Rickenback driving in three runs. Croshaw drove in four in the game and crept withing three RBI of team leader Brinkerhoff, who has 37 on the year.
Brinkerhoff's home run in the first game came in the bottom fo the first with two out but was matched in the third when Zach Aakhus hit his 14th of the year to tie it up.
A three-run third for the Crusaders proved to be the downfall as NNU used three walks and a hit batter to send nine hitters to the plate. After Warburton was hit by an Andy Jangard
pitch to drive in the go-ahead run, Ryne Phillips singled to right to score two more runs, giving Northwest Nazarene a 4-1 lead.
After Jangard was lifted with two outs and the bases loaded in the fourth, Bryan Smith came on to deliver the most dominating performance of his career.
Smith struck out Tim Puckett to end the inning and and seven of the first eight batters he faced. Smith was perfect for four and 1/3 innings before finally allowing a walk to lead off the ninth. He didn't allow a hit and struck out seven while walking two (one intentionally) in five and 1/3 innings.
Kai Hatch got UV within two runs with a sac-fly in the fourth. In the eighth, an NNU error with two outs prolonged the inning and allowed Ryan Jones to drive in Hatch with a single up the middle. However, Anderson was caught trying to sneak his way over to third base after Hatch scored the third run, ending the inning with NNU up 4-3.
In the ninth, Adam Openshaw had a one-out single but was stranded at first after Nate Slonaker got Kevin Arendse to ground out to third to end the game. Slonaker earned his sixth save while Tyler Liebelt, who didn't allow an earned run in four innings out of the bullpen, picked up the win to improve to 3-1.