Baseball back in Southern California for series at Pepperdine

WOLVERINEGREENDOTCOM Craig Brinkerhoff
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Craig Brinkerhoff
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Feb. 20, 2014

MALIBU, Calif. – The season-opening eight-game road trip for the Utah Valley University baseball team concludes with a three-games series at Pepperdine of the West Coast Conference. The series begins on Friday at 2 p.m. PT, with a 1 p.m. PT first pitch on Saturday and Sunday.

The Wolverines (2-3) are coming off two extra-inning contests at Pac 12 Arizona on Tuesday and Wednesday. After falling in the first game, 8-7, in 14 innings, the Wolverines responded with a 5-2 win in 10 on Wednesday.

In the UVU win, Andrew Freter tossed 8.1 innings and allowed just two runs on seven hits. It was the longest outing of the senior right-hander’s career at Utah Valley. Sean Moysh was big at the plate, first driving home Zach Slesk and Zac Fuller with a two-out, two-run double to give UVU a 2-1 lead in the sixth.

After Arizona tied it on a Bobby Dalbec home run in the ninth, Fuller got UVU going in the 10th with a two-out, infield single to short. Moysh then delivered again, doubling to right-center to score Fuller from first to put UVU up 3-2. Craig Brinkerhoff and Spencer Gothberg then followed with consecutive RBI singles and Chad Michaud pitched the final 1.2 innings, to pick up the win.

Pepperdine is 3-1 after winning two of three from St. John’s on the opening weekend and then earning come-from-behind win over Long Beach State on Tuesday.

Although this will be the first time the two teams have met, the programs do share a connection, with UVU assistant Cooper Fouts spending time as an assistant at Pepperdine before coming to Orem.

The Waves’ Aaron Barnett is hitting 11-for-16 early this season for a .688 batting average. The three scheduled starters for Pepperdine have combined to allow just two earned runs in 22 innings of work so far.

Next week, Utah Valley will play four games at Pacific, the third WCC school they will have faced so far faced this season.