Wolverine Baseball Falls Short of WAC Tournament Title

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Kenzie Jones, Sports Editor

Utah Valley fell short in the bid for a Western Athletic Conference Championship today. Sacramento State took the title  for the first time ever by beating the Wolverines in the second day straight, 10-3, at Cubs Park in Mesa, Arizona. The Hornets will receive the WAC’s automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament while UVU’s season comes to an end.

The Hornets jumped out quickly both days after scoring four times in the first on Saturday and putting three on the board in the top of the first on Sunday. The Wolverines found themselves playing and unsuccessful bout of catch-up for both games.

Seth Rhineer, Craig Brinkerhoff, and Greyson Bogden brought UVU two hits apiece but could not muster a rally against Sacramento State’s pitching staff. With out a battling rally to counter act the bats of Rhys Hoskins and David Del Grande there was just no coming back.

Kade Andrus led UVU at the plate, going 10 for 21 (.476) with a home run, three doubles, and four RBIs. Joining him with note worthy performances behind the plate were Mark Krueger (8-19, .421, 1 HR, 7 R, 4 RBIs) and Craig Brinkerhoff (7-19, 5 2B, 9 RBIs). Not to forget about Andrew Freter and his performance on the mound (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 8.1 IP, 3 K).

Utah Vally had four players named to the 2014 WAC All-Tournament Team: Mark Krueger (DH), Kade Andrus (LF), Andrew Freter (P), and Craig Brinkerhoff (CF).