Baseball suffers lopsided loss in opener at UTPA

Kai Hatch

May 16, 2013

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EDINBURG, Texas - Utah Valley University suffered a lopsided loss at the hands of Texas-Pan American, 13-0, in the opening game of the final Great West Conference series on Thursday in South Texas.

The Wolverines (23-26, 14-7) had just two hits on the night against UTPA starter Sam Street, who tossed a two-hit shutout. Street pitched to just one hitter over the minimum in the game that was shortened due to the 10-run rule.

The Broncs (25-27, 15-9) did all of their scoring in two innings, getting five in the first before an eight-run sixth. Utah Valley was charged with five errors in the game -- three in the first inning -- which lead to eight of the Broncs' runs on the night scoring unearned.

Kai Hatch and Riley White were the only Wolverines with hits. Hatch singled in the fourth and White doubled in the sixth. Texas-Pan American finished with 12 hits, getting three each from Shane Ammon and Shane Klemcke. A grand slam in the sixth inning by Alberto Morales extended the UTPA lead to 10-0.

All five errors for UVU came in run-scoring innings for the Broncs.

Street struck out seven of the first nine hitters of the game and retired 11 straight before Hatch's single. He finished with nine strikeouts and improved to 9-3 on the year.

The series continues on Friday with a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. MT/3 p.m. CT. The Wolverines, bidding for the fourth straight Great West title, fell into second place after Northern Colorado won its opener against NYIT.