Sunday, February 24, 2008

Playing Ball in Berkeley California

Feb. 23, 2008

BERKELEY, California - The finale of a Saturday doubleheader ended in a tie, due to darkness, between Utah Valley and Pac-10 California on Saturday. Cal won the opening game on a rain filled Northern California day, 12-1.

It's the first tie that the Wolverines (0-3-1) have been involved in in five seasons at the NCAA Division I level.

After Cal (2-0-1) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, Utah Valley pushed six runs across the plate in the top of the third to take its first lead. Scott Croshaw
reached on an error but drove in AJ Palmer to tie the game at one. Jace Brinkerhoff followed Croshaw with a single to score Ryan Jones and give UV the lead.
Adam Openshaw
then doubled, scoring both Croshaw and Brinkerhoff before freshman Kai Hatch tripled him home and then scored on an RBI single by Josh Hinckley.
The Bears got within one with a single run in the fourth and three runs in the sixth on a David Cooper three-run blast. Jones then singled home Palmer in the eighth to put the Wolverines up 7-5.

But Cal answered in the bottom of the eighth when Josh Satin matched Cooper's home runs with a three-run shot of his own, giving the Bears an 8-7 lead.
Hatch doubled to lead off the top of the ninth for Utah Valley and eventually scored the tying run when AJ Palmer walked with the bases loaded.
Brinkerhoff took the mound for UV in the bottom of the ninth and after a one-out walk, got out of the inning before the game ended in a draw.

Jones went 3-for-6 on the day while Hatch had two hits in just his second collegiate start.
Aaron Brady threw eight inning and gave up eight runs on 10 hits in the no-decision.
In the opening game, took an early lead on solo home runs from Cooper and Brett Jackson.
Jones doubled home Cole Anderson in the third to cut the lead in half before the Bears added two more runs in the fourth before breaking the game wide open with an eight-run seventh.
Jones had two hits in the opening game while Dan Christensen took the loss on the mound.

Josh said it was freezing cold and very rainy in California the day they played this game. They were all soaked to the bone so were excited to come home! They played well these first couple of games and can only get better!! Good Job Joshua!!!

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