Sean Moysh's eighth-inning home run helped lift Utah Valley baseball to an 8-5 victory over North Dakota on Friday night in both teams' first-ever WAC game.
With the game deadlocked at 5-5 in the bottom of the eighth, the senior Moysh stepped to the plate with a runner aboard. Moysh didn't disappoint as he blasted a two-run homer to right center to put the Wolverines (5-12, 1-0 WAC) on top for good.
"Sean struggled a little bit early in the game but told me that he was going to get the job done prior to that last at-bat, and it was awesome to see him come through," head coach Eric Madsen said. "We're thrilled to get that first WAC win out of the way. Our goal is to get to the conference tournament so that we can have a chance to play at a regional.
"We played OK tonight but we've got to get better and find a way to win again on Saturday."
After playing the first 16 games on the road, UVU was glad to play at Brent Brown Ballpark for the first time in 2014 as it recorded 13 hits, including three for extra bases. Besides Moysh's long ball, Mark Krueger and Beau Kallas each picked up doubles for the Wolverines. Krueger led Utah Valley on the night by going 4-for-5 with two runs scored.
With UVU trailing North Dakota (0-9, 0-1 WAC) 2-0 in the second, the Wolverines got things going in the bottom of the frame as Kallas, Jordy Hart and Greyson Bogden each drove home runs in the inning. Utah Valley then managed to push across two more men in the third to take a 5-2 advantage. The Wolverines scored their runs in the third on a wild pitch and a Colby Croft RBI single. The game remained 5-2 until the sixth when UND managed to score twice to pull within a run. North Dakota then tied the game in the top of the eighth when Ryan Reese plated Taylor Petersen on a single to right field. The tied game then set the stage for Moysh's late inning heroics.
Following Moysh's second round tripper of the season, the Wolverines tacked on an insurance run later in the eighth when Riley White singled home Krueger.
Behind Krueger's 4-for-5 performance, Bogden, White and Kallas each recorded two hits apiece.
Reese led UND in the contest by going 3-for-4 with two runs batted in.
Andrew Freter started on the mound for UVU and pitched well as he went 7.0 innings while striking out eight and not walking a batter. Freter left the contest on line for the victory but ended up taking a no decision as UND tied it up in the eighth. Chad Michaud picked up the win after coming on to pitch the final inning and a third of scoreless relief (2-1).
The Wolverines continue their opening WAC series on Saturday. First pitch of game two between the former Great West foes is slated for 6 p.m. on Saturday. The three-game set will then conclude Sunday afternoon.
James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit www.WolverineGreen.com.