May 17, 2013
EDINBURG, Texas -- Utah Valley University dropped a doubleheader on Friday at Texas-Pan American, falling 3-1 in the opener before a two-run ninth gave the Broncs a come-from-behind win in the nightcap.
The Wolverines (23-28, 14-9) have dropped the first three games in the series to the Broncs (27-27, 17-9). It's the first time that UVU has lost a Great West Conference series in the four seasons -- 26 series -- of league play.
Utah Valley led 5-4 entering the bottom of the ninth before Alberto Morales doubled off the wall to lead off. After Aaron Moore walked, Riley Goulding slapped a base hit down the first base line to tie and game. Two batters later, Derek Hagy delivered a walk-off single to center.
The Wolverines had a three-run fourth inning after five straight hits opened the frame. Trailing 2-1, Mark Krueger double home Greyson Bogden to tie it before Riley White singled to short to give UVU a 3-2 lead. Spencer Gothberg singled home Krueger for the third run on the inning.
Krueger had three hits -- a triple and two doubles -- to lead UVU. Bogden collected two hits including an RBI single. Moore and Goulding both had three hits for UTPA.
In game one, the Wolverines had just two hits for the second straight game. Texas-Pan American starter Dusten Knight was working on a one-hit shutout in the final frame of the scheduled seven-inning contest before Gothberg hit his first career home run with one out. Knight retired the next two hitters to finish off the two-hitter.
The three runs the Broncs got all came in the third inning on a three-run home rum by Morales.
Knight struck out eight in the complete-game win while Adam Gunn took a tough loss despite allowing just five hits and striking out six in a complete-game effort.
The series finale is Saturday at noon CT/11 a.m. MT. With a win the Wolverines will be the third seed in next week's GWC Tournament. A loss, combined with a Houston Baptist win at NJIT, would move UVU to the fourth seed. Northern Colorado will be the top seed after clinching its first conference title, becoming the first team other than UVU to win the Great West.