Mason Gray pitched seven solid innings and Spencer Olsen had a grand slam and six total RBIs to lead Utah Valley University baseball to a double split against first-place Grand Canyon Lopes on Saturday at UCCU Ball Park.
After dropping the opener of the day 16-4, UVU (16-28, 9-15 WAC) responded by claiming the nightcap 10-6 to save the series and split the double draft of Saturday’s law against the No. 25 GCU (30-15, 17-4 WAC). The win marks UVU’s first win over a top-25 team since March 9, 2018, when they defeated No. 21 Mississippi State.
“I think any time you can win a big game after disappointing losses, and you can respond like we did tonight, it can go a long way with your confidence and answer any questions or doubts you have. could have,” UVU head coach Eddie said. Black-smith. “To see our guys come off the mat for Game 2 and come out thumping, I think that says a lot about them. We’re talking about being relentless and resilient, and the guys did that today and it was awesome to have.
Gray got off to a strong start on the mound for UVU in the nightcap, as he retired four straight batters, including the team’s strike in the second, as the game was scoreless early on.
After falling behind, UVU responded in the half of the fifth inning at home with five runs to take a 6-2 lead.
After an early single from Drew Sims, Mitch Moralez tripled to left center to drive into Sims to tie the game. The Wolverines then loaded the bases with still no one in the frame and Olsen threw a grand slam into the opposite deep right field to help UVU put the crooked number on the board in the frame.
Gray gave UVU a quality start in the last drink by throwing a solid 7.0 innings to go 2-3 on the year. Gray struck out six and conceded just three runs on the night. GCU’s Connor Markl (5-3) suffered the loss after allowing six runs over four innings.
Offensively, Cutchen and Sims both had three hits for UVU, while Olsen tied the Utah Valley single-game school record with six RBIs. Olsen finished going 2 for 4 with a grand slam and a two-run double. Andeel paced GCU by going 2 for 4 with two RBIs.
“Mason Gray has really responded for us on the mound lately with three great outings. This is what we need. We need someone we can give the ball to who will give us a lot of confidence, and right now we feel the same way with Mason,” added Smith. “Offensively, Spencer Olsen came in big situations and he just delivered. Can’t say enough about him and how our bats warmed up when Spencer warmed up, so that was awesome to see.
In the opener, Lopes struck first and never looked back, building a big lead and pulling away for the 16-4 win.
Hall led UVU offensively off the bench going 1 for 2 with a two-run homer while Luna went 1 for 3 with a solo homer and a walk. Aguilar paced the Lopes by going 2 for 5, two home runs and five RBIs.
The Wolverines will now leave conference play to open a nine-game road trip to Pac-12 Washington State for three games next weekend, May 6-8, in Pullman. UVU will continue the journey with a contest at Lower Columbia College on Monday, May 9 followed by a midweek game in Portland on Wednesday, May 11. Utah Valley will then return to WAC play with a big three-game set at Sacramento State on May 13. -15 and will end the trip with a Monday tilt at Pacific on May 16.
Softball Drops Pitcher Duel
Utah Valley found themselves on the short end of a pitching duel as Seattle U won the rubber game of the series, 2-0, on Saturday behind the bat and arm of Carley Nance.
Nance, a Redhawks senior, threw her second shutout of the series and also had a solo home run — her 14th of the season — on senior day at Logan Field. Brooke Carter, who pitched a full nine inning is UVU’s win on Friday, again went the distance but suffered a tough loss. She allowed just four scatter hits and struck out three.
Madison Carr and Linnah Rebolledo each had two hits on a six-hit day for the Wolverines (20-22, 10-11). UVU also got a double with a seventh strikeout from Danyé Albritton, but Nance landed his sixth strikeout to end the game and leave Albritton in third place. Carr’s two hits put her at 64 for the season, one shy of tying the single-season program record.
The Wolverines will stay in the Pacific Northwest and take on No. 10 Washington on Monday at 11:00 a.m. PT/noon MT. UVU will then close out the regular season at home, with a midweek game against BYU on Wednesday and a three-game game against New Mexico State in the final WAC series.
Men’s golf finishes tied for fifth at WAC Championships
A final round 292 (4 over par) tied the UVU men’s golf team for fifth place at the WAC Championships at Boulder Creek Golf Club in Boulder City, Nevada, which ended Sunday.
The Wolverines were led by Brady McKinley, who shot a 212 in the three-day tournament to finish in sixth place. Caden Weber is tied for 15th with a score of 217.