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Brinkerhoff leads UVU to NCAA baseball tournament
KHS grad Craig Brinkerhoff was named the MVP of the Western Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament last weekend. He led Utah Valley University to the championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Wolverines will now travel to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to face LSU in the first round on Friday, June 3, at 11 a.m.
Last Wednesday, May 25, UVU held on to beat Cal State-Bakersfield 6-4. Brinkerhoff clubbed a solo home run and a triple, scoring twice and knocking in two runs.
With the win, the Wolverines faced the #2 seed, New Mexico State, on Thursday, May 26. UVU scored three runs in the fourth inning, then held on for a 3-2 victory. Brinkerhoff scored on Mark Kreuger’s home run after reaching base on a walk. He went two for three in the game, scoring one run.
With the win, UVU faced regular season champion, Seattle University, in the semi-final on Friday, May 27. Brinkerhoff came up even bigger in this game, going five for five, scoring three runs, with one RBI. UVU was down 5-1 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, when they scored two runs. They really got the bats going in a few innings later, scoring four runs in the sixth and six more in the seventh, to take a commanding 13-6 lead. They held on to win 13-8 to advance to the title game.
In the title game on Saturday, May 28, UVU had to face Seattle University again, as they beat New Mexico State in the double elimination tourney. The two teams clubbed 19 total hits, with UVU getting 11, but the Wolverines were the only team able to score, as they won 4-0 to claim the WAC tournament title and the automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
“We’ve been waiting for this day for a long time. Two years ago, we got here and didn’t win it. From day one this year, we had our goal set on the dogpile. It was a great team effort,” said Brinkerhoff.
Word has it that Papa Brent Brinkeroff was pretty excited and proud of his son, as he traveled to Mesa, Arizona for the WAC Tournament.