Wolverines split twin bill as unprecedented streak ends

Spencer Gothberg

April 6, 2013

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NEWARK, N.J. -- Utah Valley University split a Saturday doubleheader at NJIT, winning 5-1 before seeing a 39-game Great West Conference winning streak come to an end in the second game in a 9-7 loss.

The Wolverines (11-18, 2-1) rallied late in game two but couldn't erase a 9-2 deficit in suffering their first loss in the conference regular season since the 2011 season. UVU had won 31 straight regular season games and eight consecutive tournament games against GWC schools.

In the first game, Devin Nelson (2-3) pitched a complete-game four-hitter, allowing just one run while the offense came up with five doubles - two from Kai Hatch - in the win. Stone Ramsey had two hits, including a double, in handing Mark Leiter Jr. (3-5) a loss in a complete-game effort.

The Wolverines got a two-out base hit and a stolen base from Ramsey before Hatch doubled him home for the first run in the first inning.

Tied at 1-1 in the fourth, Spencer Gothberg doubled home Ramsey from first on a 3-2 pitch with two down. Taylor Berg then doubled to score Gothberg on the next pitch and give Utah Valley a 3-1 lead.

The Wolverines plated two more in the fourth: Ramsey had an RBI double and Riley White drove home a run with a sacrifice fly.

Nelson retired the side in order in the third, fourth and fifth innings, sitting down 12 straight at one point. He got Zack Renna to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to end the scheduled seven-inning game.



In game two, NJIT (9-16, 1-2) used a seven-run third to break the game open early. The Highlanders led 9-2 before UVU rallied with five in the seventh to get within two runs.

With one down in the seventh, four straight Wolverines singled to score a run and Greyson Bogden was hit by a pitch with the bases full to plate another. After Beau Kallas drove in the third run on a fielder's choice, Ramsey came through with a two-run, two-run triple. For Ramsey, it was his third extra-base hit of the game after two early doubles.

Ramsey added another hit in the ninth, a single, for his fourth hit of the game - and sixth of the doubleheader - and was the tying run at first with two down, but Ian Bentley got Hatch to ground into a fielder's choice to end it.

In addition to Ramsey's four-hit game, Gothberg, Willie Pratt and Jordy Hart each had two hits. For NJIT, Ed Charlton drove in three runs and Tom Bouck was 3-for-3.

Matt Coughlin (3-1) got the win for NJIT while Danny Beddes (0-2) took the loss. For the Highlanders, it's their first win over UVU after starting the all-time series 0-15. Despite the loss, Utah Valley is still 78-5 all-time in the GWC regular season.

The series concludes on Sunday with a noon ET first pitch.