Edinburg - As the 2012-2013 regular season nears its end The University of Texas-Pan American Broncs hold their fate squarely in their hands. Win and secure at least a second place finish in the GWC, lose and they could fall as far as fourth.
In game two of a sweltering double header from Edinburg Baseball Stadium The Broncs did just that by defeating GWC opponent The Utah Valley University Wolverines by a final score of 6-5 in dramatic fashion.
The Broncs (27-27, 17-9 GWC)have been on a bit an upswing, having won their last two contest to end a six game losing streak. This entire season has been a seesaw affair with the team seemingly on the verge of a breakthrough, but have never quite reached that stable ground.
The Wolverines(23-28, 14-9 GWC) hoped to use their season ending series with UTPA to solidify their hold and second place and possible propel themselves into a battle for first with Northern Colorado. However, those hopes were dashed on Thursday night after a 13-0 pounding at the hands of UTPA.
UTPA jumped out a quick 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first behind an RBI single by Aaron Moore to plate Shane Ammon.
UVU would counter in the top of the second, pulling the game even at 1-1 after Mark Kruegar scampered home for 3rd on a wild pitch by Broncs pitcher Dylan Bandura.
The Broncs would take the lead again in the home half of the third, capitalizing on a single by Aaron Moore to score Bryan Ramirez from second to set the score at 2-1.
The lead would be short lived as the Wolverines would pound out three runs on four hits in the fourth, to take their first lead at 4-2.
UTPA would cut into the deficit in the fifth to pull the game to 4-3, using a single by Shane Klemcke to score Moore who started the inning with a lead-off triple.
UVU would extend their lead to 5-3 in the seventh, behind a single to left field by Greyson Bogden.
The Broncs would cut the lead to 5-4 in the home half of the inning, taking advantage of a single by Derek Hagy to score Moore from second base.
That score would remain intact as UTPA came to the plate in the bottom of the ninth, looking to string together enough offense to wrestle a vital GWC victory away from UVU.
The Broncs offense would come through in a big way, as every player that came to the plate would reach base in route to a walk off single by Hagy to secure the 6-5 victory.
The thrilling victory was facilitated by an interesting 5-2 defensive shift by UVU, which saw the center fielder slide in as if a third middle infielder to protect against the suicide squeeze.
UTPA will look to complete the series sweep on Saturday as the will host UVU for a Saturday matinee at noon.
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