Wolverines fall in final non-conference game of the season

Jordy Hart

April 30, 2013

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OREM, Utah -- Utah Valley University erased an early deficit, but BYU scored in bunches in securing a 15-7 win in front of 5,133 fans on Tuesday night at Brent Brown Ballpark. It was the final non-conference game of the year for UVU.

After falling behind 4-0 in the top of the first, the Wolverines (18-22) took a 6-4 lead after five innings but the Cougars (22-17) sent 11 hitters to the plate as part of a six-run sixth inning.

BYU then pulled away late with three runs in the eighth and two more in the top of the ninth.

"BYU did a good job swinging the bat, you have to give them credit," said UVU head coach Eric Madsen. "We had a chance to maybe make a better pitch or play better defense in certain situations. We have to find a way to limit the damage better than we did."

Defensive miscues plagued both teams; BYU committed five errors on the night while Utah Valley had four.

BYU rallied in the top of the first after there were two outs and nobody on. Bret Lopez delivered the first of two home runs on the night - a two-run shot to straightaway center -- to put the Cougars up 4-0 before UVU had come to the plate.

Two BYU errors in the bottom of the first inning helped the Wolverines trim the early deficit with three runs. Kai Hatch had an RBI double in the frame.

Riley White's two-out single tied the game in the second and an inning later, Willie Pratt duplicated the feat with a two-out RBI single to give UVU a 5-4 lead.

In the sixth, BYU had six hits starting with Lopez' second home run to lead off inning. Jaycob Brugman had a two-out double to give the Cougars the lead before an error allowed two more runs to score, making it 10-6.

White drove home his second run for Utah Valley in the seventh - another two-out RBI - to score Pratt and trim the deficit to 10-7.

The three-run eighth for BYU was highlighted by the team's third home run of the night, a two-run homer for Brugman that stayed just inside the foul pole down the right field line.

Brugman and Lopez both had four hits and four RBIs on the night for the Cougars. The Wolverines got a three-hit night from Jordy Hart while White had two hits and drove in a pair.

Ryan Evans (2-1) took the loss for Utah Valley while Mark Anderson (4-1) got the win for BYU. Anderson was the winning pitcher in both BYU wins over UVU this season.

Utah Valley used 11 pitchers on the night - none more than an inning - in preparing for a big weekend series at Northern Colorado in Great West Conference play. The four-game set begins Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. and can be heard live on WolverineGreen.com.