March 23, 2012
OREM, Utah -- Utah Valley got three hits and three RBIs from Kai Hatch and used a seven-run fourth inning to top Sacramento State, 10-6, on Friday night at Brent Brown Ballpark.
The Wolverines (8-11) rebounded from their home-opening loss on Thursday to stop a hot Hornets (12-12) team that entered the game with five straight wins.
"I thought we did a good job of controlling the momentum and keeping the pressure on even after we took the lead," said UVU head coach Eric Madsen. "We weren't perfect but overall we battled and gave ourselves opportunities."
Sac State got on the board with two in the second on a two-run home run down the right field line from Clay Cederquist, part of a three-hit day for the first-baseman.
Goose Kallunki scored UVU's first run in the bottom of the second after he singled and later came in on an RBI groundout by Taylor Berg. The Hornets answered that with a sac-fly by Will Soto that scored Derrick Chung in the third.
In the seven-run fourth, Utah Valley took advantage of three walks - two with the bases loaded - and had five hits including a two-run single from Billy Burgess that broke a 3-3 tie. Austin Heaps followed with a double that hugged the line at third and scored Sean Moysh from third and Burgess all the way from first.
Hatch - who also swiped two bases on the night -- led off the fourth with a base hit and scored the first run before later driving in the seventh run of the frame with a ground out to short. Jordy Hart and Moysh were the two hitters to walk with the bases loaded.
The Hornets chipped away with a two-run home run from Rhys Hoskins in the fifth - his second homer of the series - and an RBI single up the middle from Scotty Burcham in the sixth to make it 8-6.
Hatch gave Utah Valley a cushion in the bottom of the eighth when he singled home Burgess and Heaps with the bases loaded.
Jeremy Gendlek lasted five-plus innings and improved to 3-3 with the win. Taylor Mangum and Josh Swenson combined to throw the final four innings and kept Sac State off the scoreboard. Mangum allowed three hits in three scoreless innings of work. Ty Nichols (0-3) took the loss for the Hornets.
Jake Rickenbach, Burgess, Kallunki and Cole Butcher each had two hits for Utah Valley with Burgess and Heaps both driving in a pair of runs.
The rubber match of the series is set for Saturday at noon.