Feb. 24, 2011
CEDAR CITY, Utah -- Blake Krahenbuhl threw eight innings of one-hit baseball as Utah Valley notched its second shutout in as many weeks, blanking Southern Utah 5-0 on Thursday afternoon at Thunderbird Park.
Justin Campbell threw a 1-2-3 ninth as the two pitchers combined to throw the first one-hitter in the UVU's NCAA Division I history.
"Blake was outstanding. You can't ask for anything more than that," said head coach Eric Madsen. "He gave up the one pitch that their guy fought into centerfield but he dominated that from start to finish."
The Wolverines (3-2) took advantage of five errors by the T-Birds (2-1) and tied a school-record with six stolen bases. Cole McWhorter had three of the steals, also tying a school record.
"We recognize that we're struggling a little offensively and that (steals) was a goal coming in to today. We were fortunate to take advantage of some things but still need to be more offensive," Madsen said.
Utah Valley scored in the first on an RBI single from Billy Burgess, who had two of the nine Wolverines hits on the day.
McWhorter led off the fourth with a base hit into left and stole second and third on consecutive pitches, coming into score on the second steal when the throw from behind the plate was wide at third.
Kai Hatch had a two-out RBI in the sixth that scored Goose Kallunki, who also had two hits including a double to left.
Utah Valley scored twice in the eighth, the first coming on a double steal with Chris Benson
and Burgess. Benson stole third and then scored on a throwing error, in the same manner that McWhorter did in the fourth. Kallunki's double with two outs then plated Burgess to cap the scoring.
The lone hit from Southern Utah came from Justin Neuhart with one out in the fifth on a base hit to center.
Krahenbuhl is now 2-0 on the year and has throw 13.0 consecutive shutout innings to start the season, combining on consecutive series-opening shutouts. He struck out six and had only one hitter reach as far as second base all afternoon. Krahenbuhl also retired the last 11 hitters he faced following Neuhart's single.
The schedule for the rest of the weekend has been changed due to an expected storm in Cedar City. The teams will now play a doubleheader on Friday beginning at noon at Dixie High School in St. George, Utah.