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Saturday, Mar 29 2014 09:30 PM

'Runners swept by Utah Valley

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

OREM, Utah -- Utah Valley scored three runs on only one hit in the eighth inning to come from behind and beat Cal State Bakersfield 4-2 Saturday and complete a sweep of a Western Athletic Conference baseball doubleheader.

The Wolverines won the opener 4-1.

Bakersfield (11-15 overall, 4-5 WAC) struggled offensively.

The Roadrunners had only three singles in the opener and were blanked through eight innings until converting an error into an unearned run in the top of the ninth.

In the second game, CSUB scored both of its runs in the second inning but was limited to only one single the rest of the game.

Roadrunner starter Austin Davis took a 2-1 lead into the eighth but opened the inning by issuing a walk and hitting a batter. Utah Valley (9-18, 3-3 WAC) sacrificed and all runners were safe when CSUB failed to retire the lead runner.

Davis threw a run-scoring wild pitch that tied the game 2-2 and put runners on second and third with none out.

Colby Croft's single to center put Utah Valley ahead 3-2 and knocked Davis out of the game. The Wolverines added an insurance run later in the inning on a bases-loaded double-play ground ball. CSUB's second-inning rally began with Allen Gwynn's leadoff double. Gwynn scored when Oscar Sanay reached on an error and Sanay eventually scored on Garrett Pierce's RBI single.

CSUB is at Cal Poly on Tuesday and has a three-game series at Oklahoma starting Friday.

CSUB's only first-game run was scored by Jordie Hein, who talked in the ninth, took third on a throwing error and scored on Max Carter's sacrifice fly.

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