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Wolverines on Short End of Pitcher's Duel
March 3, 2012
FULLERTON, Calif. -- Utah Valley University was on the short end of a 2-0 pitcher's duel at 20th-ranked Cal State Fullerton on Saturday night at Goodwin Field.
Adam Gunn threw 6.1 innings and allowed just one run on five hits but four Titan pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout. Gunn suffered the tough-luck loss while CSF starter Kenny Mathews got the win.
"It was a great baseball game," said head coach Eric Madsen. "Our guys pitched it great, their guys pitched it great. We just need to capitalize on opportunities we have but it was a good baseball game."
The run off of Gunn scored in the first inning when leadoff man Michael Lorenzen tripled and then scored on a sac-fly by Richy Pedroza. Jordy Hart's throw from center nearly got Lorenzen at the plate but the runner was ruled safe and the Titans took a quick 1-0 lead.
The Wolverines were held without a hit until the fifth, when freshman Cole Butcher doubled with two down. Butcher had two of UVU's five hits on the day.
It was still 1-0 in the sixth when Gunn escaped a jam, retiring all three outs on the base paths. With first and second and no outs, Gunn turned a sacrifice situation into a fielder's choice when h fielded a bunt and retired the lead runner at third.
Gunn then picked off Ivory Thomas at second base before Sean Moysh and Alex Exon combined for the third out. Keegan Dale flared a base hit to left with Casey Watkins at second, Moysh played the ball on one hop and fired a strike to Exon, who caught it and tagged out Watkins to end the inning.
Cal State Fullerton got a big insurance run in the seventh; Lorenzen reached on an error, stole second and then scored on a two-out double by Pedroza. Lorenzen accounted for both runs on the day and Pedroza both RBIs.
Lorenzen then pitched the ninth to earn his fourth save. Kai Hatch had a one-out single and went all the way to third on an error but was stranded there to end the game and give the Titans their second straight win in the series and sixth straight win overall.
The series concludes on Sunday at 1 p.m. PT/2 p.m. MT. The game can be heard live on 960 AM the Zone.