TUCSON, Ariz. –Sean Moysh delivered a pair of timely run-scoring doubles to propel visiting Utah Valley to a 5-2 victory in 10 innings over the University of Arizona baseball team Wednesday afternoon at Hi Corbett Field.
For the second-consecutive game, Utah Valley (2-3) saw a late lead erased by the comeback Wildcats. This time, the Wolverines were up for the challenge in extra innings.
Arizona freshman Bobby Dalbec blasted a solo home run with one down in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie the game, 2-2, and send the game into the 10th inning.
In the top of the 10th, the Wolverines mounted a two-out rally against reliever Tyler Parmenter. Zac Fuller reached on a seemingly harmless infield single, but that brought Moysh to plate. The senior left fielder roped a two-strike pitch into the right-centerfield gap, which allowed Fuller to score the go-ahead run all the way from first.
Parmenter (L, 0-1) was replaced by Tyger Talley, who gave up consecutive run-scoring singles to give Utah Valley a comfortable three-run lead.
Arizona (3-2) was unable to mount a series threat in the bottom of 10th. Kevin Newman singled with one out, but right-hander Chad Michaud (W, 1-0) was able to get Willie Calhoun to flyout and then struck out Zach Gibbons to end the game.
The Wolverines were opportunist throughout, tallying seven of their 11 hits in just two innings. Those two innings were the sixth, when they scored a pair of runs to take a 2-1 lead, and then in the 10th when took the lead for good.
Two-out rallies were the theme both times, with Moysh the thorn in the Wildcats’ side.
Arizona starter Tyler Crawford was cruising along with a career-high eight strikeouts into the top of the sixth, before running into trouble. Leadoff hitter Zach Slesk singled to right field and Fuller followed with another single to right. With runners at the corners, Moysh hit a 1-2 pitch into the left field corner driving in both runners.
Utah Valley scored all five of its runs with two outs thanks to 8-for-18 hitting with two outs. The Wildcats, on the other hand, were combined 0-for-8 hitting with two outs.
Arizona took the initial lead in the bottom of the third. Newman led off with a double and was advanced to third on Calhoun’s groundout. Gibbons followed with an RBI groundout.
The Wildcats will be back in action this weekend for a three-game set against Alcorn State. The series begins Friday night at 6 p.m. at Hi Corbett Field.