NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -- Utah Valley University lost a pair of one-run contests in both ends of a doubleheader at Cal State Northridge on Saturday. The Wolverines fell 4-3 in the opener and 5-4 in the nightcap.
C.J Harrison, in his first action as a Wolverine, picked up his first hit and first RBI in the eighth inning of Game 2, tying the game at 4-4. The Matadors (9-12) answered, with Kyle Ferramola hitting his second home run of the game in the bottom of the eighth to lift CSUN to the win.
Josh Goossen-Brown then pitched around hits by Kade Andrus and Beau Kallas in the ninth to pick up his second save of the day for Northridge.
Mark Krueger had three hits (two singles and one double) in the second game for the Wolverines and Jordy Hart had a pair of singles.
UVU trailed 2-0 in the fourth and had two outs and nobody on before three straight hits produced the first run of the game. Colby Croft and Krueger singled and Willie Pratt doubled home a run to make it 2-1.
Utah Valley tied it in the fifth after Greyson Bogden was hit by a pitch and moved to third on a Hart single. Bogden then came in to score on a sacrifice fly by Andrus.
Cal Northridge got back on top in the fifth with a triple and RBI single. In the sixth, Ferramola's first home run of the game gave the Matadors a 4-2 lead.
The Wolverines rallied in the eighth; walks to Krueger and Pratt started the rally and a passed ball moved both runners into scoring position. Riley White's grounder brought home Krueger and Harrison delivered the RBI single back up the middle to tie the game at 4-4 before Ferramola's game-winner.
Braden Poole (1-2) took the loss while DJ Milam (1-0) got the win.
In Game 1, UVU trailed 4-0 entering the sixth of the seven-inning contest but were able to scratch three run on the board. Taking advantage of three walks and an error in the frame, the Wolverines got RBI from Krueger, on a bases-loaded walk, and a fielder's choice off the bat of Willie Pratt.
The Wolverines got the tying run on in the seventh but Goossen-Brown pitched around an error to earn the save. Calvin Copping (2-2) got the win with Adam Gunn (2-4) going the distance for Utah Valley but taking the loss. Gunn struck out six and allowed three earned runs (four total) on six hits.
Utah Valley was limited to just three hits in the first game, two coming from Kai Hatch.
Chester Pak's two-out, two-run single in the third proved to be the difference-maker for the Matadors who can go for a four-game sweep today.
• Softball: At Moraga, Calif., UVU got the Pacific Coast Softball season underway, splitting a pair of games against Saint Mary's at Cottrell Field. UVU fell 5-1 in the day's first game, but answered with a 3-1 victory in the nightcap..
In the Game 2 win, the Wolverines (15-10, 1-1) broke a scoreless tie with a run in the top of the fourth inning. Amanda Robinson led off with a double and scored after SMC (8-18, 1-1) misplayed a Krystin Jachim single to right.
UVU added two more in the fifth, as Jamie North led off with a home run. Maire Williams and Morgan Summers reached on errors, Kelli Fox drove slapped an RBI single.
Tthe three-run advantage was more than enough for the pitching duo of Josi Summers and Tiffany Mills.
Summers went five innings, striking out six, to get the win and improve to 5-5. Mills went two innings and struck out three for her third save of the year.
"Josi pitched great and it's always nice to have Tiffany on hand to come in and close the door," said UVU coach Rachel Hartgrove. "We had some timely hitting today as well and we were able to get the runs across when we needed them."
In the first game, a four-run fifth inning for Saint Mary's was the difference.
UVU's Debra Lovell was 2-for-2 in the loss.