GREELEY, Colo. -- After seeing a two-run lead vanish in the ninth, UVU answered with seven runs in the 10th to top Northern Colorado, 11-4, and earn a split of Saturday's doubleheader. In Game 1, the Bears got a walk-off win in the bottom of the seventh to win 4-3.
In the nightcap, Mark Krueger had a career-best four hits, including two doubles. He doubled home the go-ahead runs in the 10th with a two-out hit to left, giving UVU (19-24, 10-5) a 6-4 lead.
Riley White, Stone Ramsey and Spencer Gothberg all followed with base hits before Taylor Berg doubled home two more runs to cap a three-hit day for the senior catcher. Jordy Hart drove in the seventh run of the frame on a single to right that brought home Berg.
The Bears (21-21, 12-6) tied it in the ninth on a one-out double by Jensen Park that brought home two runs. Northern Colorado had the bases full and just one out and seemed poised to get a walk-off win for the second time on the day. However, UVU reliver Brian Whatcott struck out Andrew Coffman and got Ben Netzel to line out to Krueger at first on a 3-2 pitch, sending the game to the 10th.
"We allowed them (Northern Colorado) to get into position to win that game," said UVU head coach Eric Madsen, "But to see Brian come in and get out of that jam and for the guys to respond like that and put up those runs in the 10th was outstanding."
UVU had 16 hits in the second game, while the Bears had 13.
In the second game, Coffman hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the seventh to hand Northern Colorado the win.
The Wolverines will try and salvage a series split today with first pitch slated for noon.
• Softball: At Los Angeles, in a pair of one-run, pitching-dominated contests, UVU and Loyola Marymount split at PCSC doubleheader, with LMU winning the first game 2-1 in 10 innings and UVU earning a 1-0 win in the second game.
The two teams play another doubleheader today in a battle for second place in the PCSC.
Senior Kylee Brinkerhoff led UVU (35-18, 14-8) at the plate, going 3-for-7 with a triple, double and two runs scored in the two games.
"It was a difficult day offensively for both teams," said UVU coach Rachel Hartgrove. "I thought our pitching was excellent all day, it's just disappointing not to have two wins to show for it. Also, Brinkerhoff had a great day leading us at the plate and scoring both of our runs."
In the second game, neither team scored in the first six innings. In the top of the seventh, Brinkerhoff led off with a double -- keeping her now 12-game hitting streak alive. She moved to third on Charlee Cisneros' groundout, and scored when Jamie North slapped a groundere to second, and Brinkerhoff just beat the throw home. LMU (31-23, 14-8) couldn't score against Jose Summers in the bottom of the inning and UVU had the win. Summer gave up six hits and struck out four.
In the first game, freshman Sydney Gouveia went all 10 innings for LMU, striking out 22 and giving up just five hits. UVU's one run was unearned.
Brinkerhoff and Amanda Robinson got two hits each against Gouveia, with Brinkerhoff tripling in the second and scoring on a passed ball.
UVU's Tiffany Mills was nearly as good, giving up seven hits through 9.1 innings, one earned run and striking out eight. LMU got the win with a hit in the bottom of the 10th to score a runner from third.