March 4, 2007
Lewiston, Idaho - Utah Valley's bats broke out on Sunday as the Wolverines pounded out 21 hits in a 17-2 blowout win over in-state foe Southern Utah at the Banana Belt Tournament in Lewiston, Idaho. UV finished 2-2 in tournament with the win and improved to 4-8 on the season.
Eli Slesk led the way by going 4-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored while Tyler Garretson, Derrick Thomas, Jace Brinkerhoff and Austin Heaps all had three hits each. Scott Croshaw also had a big day, driving in four runs for the Wolverines.
Kyle Kasper moved to 2-0 on the year after allowing one run on five hits in six innings on the mound for Utah Valley.
The Wolverines scored single runs in the first four innings of the game to carry a 4-0 lead into the fifth. The UV hitters were efficient in putting those runs on the board, driving in three of the four runs on two sacrifice flies and one groundout.
Southern Utah got on the board in the sixth with a single run, scoring on a wild pitch from Kasper.
From there two big innings propelled Utah Valley to the lopsided win; a seven-run sixth and six-run seventh pushed the score to 17-1 before the T-Birds added a run in the ninth.
In the sixth, the Wolverines plated seven runs on eight hits with two hits each from Heaps and Slesk. Three SUU errors in the sixth aided in the big inning.
Utah Valley moved to 3-1 on the season against Southern Utah with a three-game series scheduled April 10-11 in Orem.
Next weekend, UV will be in Las Cruces, New Mexico to face New Mexico State.