BATON ROUGE, La. — Utah Valley University saw its historic season end in a 3-2 loss to Southeastern Louisiana on Sunday at Alex Box Stadium in the Baton Rouge Regional. It also marks an end to the Wolverines' (37-23) first NCAA Tournament appearance.
Jackson Cofer pitched 7.1 innings but took the tough-luck loss and Spencer Gothberg homered in his final game in a UVU uniform.
"I'm disappointed for our guys because they had a great year, and I knew they felt like they could do some damage here," said head coach Eric Madsen.
After Southeastern (40-20) scored all three of its runs in the first, Cofer settled in and retired 10 straight and had five strikeouts through four innings. He allowed just two base hits after the first inning and finished with two earned runs (three total) on four hits while striking out five and walking two.
"I'm definitely proud of these guys. I'm sad for them. To give up the three runs early, and then for Jackson to hold them right where they were and for us to keep fighting back, that shows what type of club they are," Madsen said.
The Lions scored the three runs in the first on a wild pitch, an RBI single and two-out error. The Wolverines took advantage of a two-out error in the third to get on the board before Gothberg lined his fifth home run of the season to left-center in the fourth inning to make it a 3-2 contest.
"It's been an awesome, awesome ride. For all of us to make it to our first regional and get down here and get to this awesome crowd here, man, it's been a pleasure being down here," Gothberg said. "Just love the game. Love playing baseball and just sad it's over."
Domenick Carlini (8-2) pitched six innings for the Lions and surrendered two runs on two hits while striking out four and walking two. Josh Green pitched the final three innings, giving up just one hit — by Jordan Schlehuber — but erased him after and double play. Green earned his fourth save for the Lions, who will now play the loser of Sunday evening's contest between Rice and LSU.
The game was delayed for one hour and 45 minutes after lighting and rain again continued to force postponements as it did throughout the weekend.