Baseball Sweeps Doubleheader at Southern Utah

Austin Heaps

March 9, 2012

Game One Box
Game Two Box

CEDAR CITY, Utah - Utah Valley University pounded out a 12-5 victory in the opening game of a Friday doubleheader before a getting a complete-game from Jeremy Gendlek to win the nightcap, 3-1, and sweep a twin bill from Southern Utah.

"We played solid all day," said head coach Eric Madsen. "We did a good job offensively and our pitchers did a great job of commanding the strike zone and attacking hitters. It was really a good and complete day for us."

In the first game, the Wolverines (4-8) had 19 hits and got a five-RBI game from Austin Heaps that included a game-tying three-run home run in the fifth inning.

Jake Rickenbach, Goose Kallunki and Cole Butcher all joined Heaps with three hits apiece while Sean Moysh and Billy Burgess each drove in two runs.

UVU trailed 4-1 until Heaps home run in the fifth started a string of five straight run-scoring innings. The Wolverines got a pair of sacrifice flies in the sixth to take a 6-4 lead before single runs in the seventh and eight and four more in the ninth put the game out of reach.

Butcher had an RBI single in the seventh, Kallunki an RBI double in the eighth and Burgess delivered his two RBIs in the ninth with a double.

Preston Olson pitched 5.2 innings in relief and got the win, allowing just one run on four hits. Kelsey Outram was tagged with the loss after allowing seven runs (six earned) on 11 hits in 6.0 innings.



In game two, Gendlek surrendered a run in the first after limiting a bases-loaded an no out situation in the inning. He retired 11 straight at one point and allowed just four hits over the final eight scoreless innings.

Justin Neubauer kept UVU off the scoreboard until the sixth, when Moysh singled to score Butcher, tying the game at 1-1.

In the eighth, Rickenbach singled with one out and came home when Moysh tripled him home with his second three-base hit of the doubleheader. Burgess then gave the Wolverines an insurance run with a sac-fly to plate Moysh.

The series will wrap up on Saturday with a noon first pitch. UVU travels to No. 11 Arizona State and St. Mary's for a full slate of games next week.