Baseball begins 2014 WAC Tournament vs. NM State

WOLVERINEGREENDOTCOM Danny Beddes is slated to start Wednesday for UVU
Danny Beddes is slated to start Wednesday for UVU

May 20, 2014

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MESA, Arizona –
Utah Valley University opens its first Western Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament on Wednesday against New Mexico State at 7 p.m. PT/8 p.m. MT at Cubs Park. The Wolverines (25-28) are the No. 3 seed while the Aggies (21-29) are the No. 6 seed.

UVU took two of three from NM State in Las Cruces during the regular season. Danny Beddes and Christopher Bradley are both slated to start for their respective teams. Both struck out 10 hitters in that series opener on May 2, but Utah Valley broke through with seven runs in the last two innings off of the Aggie bullpen to win 8-1.

In the game Beddes went the distance, allowing one run on seven hits, and didn’t allow a walk to go along with his 10-strikeout performance.

In game two, the Aggies used a six-run second inning to seize early control in an 11-3 win, setting up the rubber match in the finale. Andrew Freter pitched UVU to a series win, notching the team’s second complete game of the weekend in a four-hitter.

If Utah Valley wins on Wednesday, the Wolverines will face No. 3 seed Texas-Pan American on Thursday at 3 p.m. PT while a loss would put them in the first elimination game, at 11 a.m. PT on Thursday. UTPA, the No. 2 seed and regular season champion and top seed Sacramento State have byes in the opening round. The other game pits No. 4 Bakersfield against No. 5 Seattle U.

Earlier Tuesday the WAC announced it’s All-WAC Baseball teams, with three UVU players receiving recognition. Sophomore Mark Krueger was named to the first team while senior Sean Moysh and sophomore Danny Beddes received second team honors.

Under head coach Eric Madsen and during its NCAA Division I era, UVU is 12-2 all-time in conference tournament games, with all 14 games coming during the team’s time in the Great West Conference. The team went 4-0 in its first three different seasons in the league, winning the tournament each time, and was 0-2 in 2013. The 2014 WAC Tournament is Utah Valley’s first time competing for an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.