May 22, 2013
NEWARK, N.J. -- Utah Valley University's bid for a fourth straight Great West Conference Tournament title was halted in a 3-2 loss to Chicago State on Tuesday at Bears & Eagles Stadium.
The loss ends the Wolverines' year -- the final Great West season -- at 24-30 as UVU prepares to join the Western Athletic Conference this summer.
Utah Valley trailed 1-0 after Mattingly Romanin doubled home Eric O'Brien in the first inning for the Cougars. Kade Andrus doubled to begin the third and scored on a base hit by Greyson Bogden, tying the game at 1-1.
The score remained 1-1 until the seventh, when Spencer Gothberg walked to begin the inning and scored on a double by Taylor Berg to put UVU in front, 2-1.
Chicago State scored the decisive runs in the eighth, tying it on a bases-loaded single by Joelh Calixto before the what turned out to be the winning run scored on a throwing error.
The Wolverines had the tying run at third in the ninth but Nathan Poff tracked down Willie Pratt's long fly ball to end the game and secure the upset win for the Cougars (9-44).
Braden Poole threw 3.2 scoreless innings in relief for Utah Valley, striking out six. Andrew Wellwerts tossed a complete game for Chicago State, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out six.
Utah Valley will join current Great West members Chicago State and Texas-Pan American in the WAC this fall with baseball affiliates North Dakota and Northern Colorado also joining the league in baseball only.