Utah Valley's amazing run ends at 32 straight wins
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
OREM, Utah (AP) -- One of the longest winning streaks in college baseball history ended in dramatic fashion with Utah Valley University's ninth-inning rally cut short by in-state rival Utah.
The bigger question now is whether Utah Valley's dreams of representing the unheralded Great West Conference in the NCAA tournament were dashed as well in the emotional 11-10 loss Tuesday.
Coach Eric Madsen's team had won 32 straight this year, including a 5-4 victory April 4 over then-No. 4 Arizona, a 4-1 win at Utah on April 10 and a wild 14-11 win May 1 over Brigham Young.
The problem is the other victories were mostly against teams with Institute of Technology in their names and other Great West programs.
That adds up to a conference with a bad RPI, a big factor when the 64-team NCAA field is chosen May 28.