BATON ROUGE, La. -- Utah Valley University baseball coach Eric Madsen can predict what is going to happen when his team has runners in scoring position and doesn’t make contact.
Whether you are playing North Dakota or making your first NCCA tournament appearance at No. 8 LSU, when you have runners on second and third with no outs and can’t score, it’s a game changer.
LSU snapped UVU’s seven-game winning streak and spoiled its first NCAA baseball appearance with a 7-1 win on Friday night at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge, LA.
The Wolverines will now play at 3 p.m. Mountain time against the loser of the Rice/Southeastern Louisiana game that will be played Saturday morning.
“Well you have to give LSU a lot of credit they’re a good club,” Madsen said. “I’m very disappointed. I didn’t feel like we played as well as we’re capable of. Too many of our early opportunities ended in strikeouts. I really think we’re a better club then what we showed tonight.”
The start of the game was delayed by 6 1/2 hours due to weather, but when it finally got under way, LSU went to work quickly.
Jake Fraley hit a two-home run in the first off UVU starter Danny Beddes, who pitched the first three innings.
The Wolverines answered in the top of the second when Mark Kruger singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch. He then scored on a two-out double from Justin Erlander.
LSU tacked on a run in the second and another one in the third to push the lead to 4-1. The pivotal point in the game came in the top of the fourth, when the Wolverines missed out on a scoring opportunity in the fourth. Kruger doubled and Craig Brinkerhoff singled. A wild pitch allowed Brinkerhoff to reach second but the runners were left stranded when Tigers pitcher Jared Poche’ struck out the side.
LSU added to its lead in the fifth when Robertson led off the inning with a double off the left-field wall. Bryce Jordan hit a bloop single to right that scored Robertson.
The Tigers put the game away in the seventh when Jordan reached on an infield single and Greg Deichmann hit a two-run homer.
LSU was 19-11 in SEC play and finished third in the SEC West. The Tigers are one of seven teams from the conference to be hosting a regional this weekend.
Utah Valley earned the Western Athletic Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after going 4-0 in the WAC Tournament last weekend.
Kruger and Brinkerhoff each went 2-for-4 but the Tigers used four different pitchers, who held UVU to six hits and combined for 12 strikeouts.