April 29, 2014
OREM, Utah – Utah Valley University came up short in its attempt at a ninth-inning comeback, falling 6-4 to BYU on Tuesday night at Brent Brown Ballpark in front of a season-high 4,122 fans.
In the bottom of the ninth, Mark Krueger led off with a single and later, with two outs, Greyson Bogden singled and Craig Brinkherhoff was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Beau Kallas pinch hit and worked the count full, but went down swinging against Brandon Kinser, who pitched 2.1 scoreless innings to earn his fifth save.
The Wolverines (19-23) had a five-game win streak snapped on a night they left 14 runners on base including the bases loaded twice in their final non-conference home game of the season. The Cougars (17-25) earned a season split with their win, with each team winning in the opposing team’s ballpark.
“We gave too many opportunities away tonight,” said UVU head coach Eric Madsen. “Give BYU credit, they made the pitches they had to when they need it. We just have to learn from it and get ready for a big conference series this weekend.”
Both teams scored twice in the first and once in the second. BYU got its two runs in the first after there were two outs and nobody on, while UVU got an RBI single from Sean Moysh for the first run with the second run coming in when Riley White grounded into a double play.
After Eric Urry gave the Cougars a 3-2 lead in the second, Seth Rhineer’s sacrifice fly tied it at 3-3 after two innings.
BYU added one in the fifth before Bret Lopez gave the Cougars a 6-3 lead in the sixth with a two-run home run. Rhineer got a run back in the bottom of the sixth with a single up the middle that scored Bogden.
Hayden Rogers (2-2) pitched 3.0 innings and didn’t allow a run in picking up his second win of the season. Devin Nelson (3-5) took the loss in five innings of work for UVU. Six different Wolverine relievers combined to throw four scoreless innings.
Utah Valley now heads to New Mexico State for a key Western Athletic Conference series against the Aggies. That three-game series begins Friday in Las Cruces. The Wolverines also play at New Mexico in a non-conference game Monday.