It’s the kind of performance that will get the job done.
Utah Valley senior Marcus Moore’s fifth complete game got the Wolverines the second-game 5-3 against Gonzaga in a three-game series.
It turned to be the only game Utah Valley managed to take against Gonzaga. Moore struck out nine batters and at one point retired 11 of 12 batters with the only base runner getting to first on an error in the fifth inning.
"I thought Marcus battled really well tonight. He basically did what he usually does for us. He’s a guy we can really rely on out there," head coach Steve Gardner said. "There were times when he had to work to get out of certain situations, but he made a lot of big pitches when he needed to."
While Moore delivered in the middle game, the Wolverines fell in the first game 9-3 and in the final game 7-2.
In the series opener, Utah Valley gave up six early runs it couldn’t overcome. Aaron Brady suffered his first loss of the season after pitching 5 2/3 innings and allowing seven runs on 11 hits.
In the final game Utah Valley failed to capitalize on a 13-11 hitting advantage.
Dan Christensen suffered the loss after giving up six runs on nine hits that included a five-run third inning.
The Wolverines left 13 runners on base and couldn’t make the plays when they had the chances.
After loading the bases in the fourth, the Wolverines were in position for a big inning, but only one run crossed the plate.
This week will be a welcome one for the baseball team as they play their home opener after 21 straight road games to begin the season. Utah Valley will play two home games against Utah in the next two weeks, starting with the home opener March 25 at 7 p.m.