Strong Pitching Helps Wolverines to 3-1 Win to Earn Weekend Split

Brock Sargent

Feb. 20, 2011

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LUBBOCK, Texas -- Utah Valley got another strong pitching performance as Kyle Beecher and Brock Sargent combined on a two-hitter in a 3-1 win over Western Michigan on Sunday. The Wolverines finished the opening weekend at Texas Tech's Red Raider Classic at 2-2.

Beecher and Billy Burgess, who went 9-for-15 (.600) with a home run and two doubles, were both named to the All-Tournament Team.

After the first two hitters reached base against Beecher - via a single to left and an error - the senior right-hander retired 17 of the final 18 batters he faced, allowing only a one-out walk in the fourth. Beecher pitched six innings and struck out seven and gave up just the leadoff hit.

Cole McWhorter delivered a bases-loaded single to drive home the game-winning runs in the seventh and Sargent threw the final three innings, allowing just one hit while striking out three to earn a save.

"Beecher pitched a very very clean game," said head coach Eric Madsen. "The run we gave up came after a defensive miscue and Brock came in a pitched great. I'm very proud of the pitching all weekend. They gave us a chance to win every game."

The Wolverines trailed 1-0 until the fifth. Austin Heaps walked to begin the inning and Goose Kallunki sacrificed him to second. Following a groundout the moved Heaps to third, Willie Pratt reached on an infield single that tied the game at 1-1.

In the seventh, Kallunki doubled with one out, Court Zollinger was hit by a pitch and Pratt walked to load the bases when McWhorter singled into center to plate the two big runs.

Sargent then came on in the bottom half of the inning and was sharp in his first action since a season-ending injury early last season. The senior retired the side in order in the ninth, striking out the first two hitters of the inning before a game-ending fly ball to Chris Benson in center.

Western Michigan had four pitchers combine to allow four UVU hits. The two teams totaled just six hits on the day in a game that lasted a brisk two hours and nine minutes.

Utah Valley is now scheduled to meet in-state rival Southern Utah in a three-game series starting Thursday in Cedar City.