EDINBURG —Two games. Two walk-off wins.
For the second straight night, UTRGV grabbed a win in dramatic fashion as the Vaqueros edged WAC rival Utah Valley 6-5 at UTRGV Baseball Stadium, their third straight win.
With two runners on and one out during the bottom of the ninth, Conrado Diaz launched a deep single to left centerfield to bring home Jacob Flores from second base for the walk-off victory. The Vaqueros, already enjoying their best season in nearly 30 years, improved to 33-19 overall. Their 18-8 WAC record is a program-best in the conference.
Hunter Lessard scored on a wild pitch with two outs in the ninth inning for a 2-1 win Thursday. The final game of their series will start at noon today.
Utah Valley slipped to 14-38 overall and 9-17 in the WAC.
Flores led off the ninth with a double. After Coleman Grubbs struck out, the Wolverines brought in right-handed reliever Romeo Carillo. UTRGV’s Andy Atwood was intentionally walked to set up a double-play possibility, something the Utah Valley defense had turned four times already on Friday night.
However, Diaz (2 for 2, 1 RBI, 1 run scored) was able to drive a pitch deep between the left and center fielders for the win.
UTRGV reliever Ryan Jackson, who took the mound in the ninth with the score tied at 5, earned the win (5-3). The loss went to Utah Valley’s Kohl Hostert (0-2), who was responsible for Flores despite coming out two batters earlier.
The Vaqueros produced six runs on five hits with two errors while the Wolverines had five runs on eight hits with three errors.
The Utah Valley errors were costly. Two of them led to four first-inning runs (all unearned) for the Vaqueros.
Trailing 4-0, the Wolverines answered back with one run in the third inning and two in the fourth to climb to within one run.
They took a 5-4 lead in the seventh. With two outs in the inning, two batters walked. That set up Alexander Marco to score from second base off an error by Vaquero third baseman Tyler Torres. Kade Poulsen drove in teammate Mick Madsen with a single to center.
The Vaqueros tied the game in the bottom of the seventh when Atwood (1 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 run scored) ripped a shot down the right field line to score Flores for his first of two runs he scored Friday.
The Vaqueros are 24-6 at home.