Vaqueros Walk Off Winners Again
EDINBURG – Junior Conrado Diaz hit a walk-off single with one out in the ninth to send The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley baseball team to its second-straight walk-off win, 6-5 over Utah Valley University (UVU) on Friday at UTRGV Baseball Stadium.
The win is UTRGV’s (33-19, 18-8 WAC) program record 18th conference victory, break the previous record of 17 set in 2013 (Great West Conference) and 2014 (Western Athletic Conference).
UTRGV is now assured of one of the top three seeds in the WAC Tournament and can clinch a top-two seed and first round bye with a win in the regular season finale on Saturday at 12 p.m. There will be a special pregame ceremony honoring the senior class at 11:30 a.m. Gates open at 11.
Freshman Jacob Flores led off the ninth with a double against Kohl Hostert (0-2). One out later, junior Andy Atwood was intentionally walked to bring up Diaz, who lifted a fly ball beyond the outfielders in left-center to end the game.
That made a winner of senior Nikki Rowe alum Ryan Jackson (5-3), who retired both batters he faced in the ninth.
A pair of errors and a bunt single loaded the bases for UTRGV to start the game. Senior Anthony Gomez followed with an RBI-ground out, junior Christian Sepulveda hit an RBI-single, and then junior Tyler Torres and freshman Vela alum Aaron Galvan hit into fielder’s choices on which no outs were recorded to give UTRGV a 4-0 lead.
UVU (14-38, 9-17 WAC) got on the board in the third on an Alexander Marco sacrifice fly and the fourth on a two-run single by Ryan Eastburn.
Then, in the seventh, UVU drew a pair of two-out walks, setting up an error to score the tying run. Kade Poulsen followed with a go-ahead single that made the score 5-4.
UTRGV tied the game in the bottom of the inning on an Atwood RBI-double.
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