April 6, 2007
Orem, Utah - In front of a record crowd of 2,013, the Utah Valley baseball team beat the University of Utah 18-1 Thursday at Wolverine Stadium. The win ups the Wolverines record to 11-18 while Utah dropped to 11-18.
In his fourth career start, Wolverine pitcher Marcus Moore pitched a complete game, striking out seven and allowing only three hits to improve his record to 2-2. It was his first start since 2003, prior serving an LDS mission and before UV made the jump to D-I athletics.
"Coach Madsen came to me on Monday and said `you are throwing well and we are going to need you in a bigger role.'" Moore said. "I just told him I would do my best to help the team however I can."
Derek Thomas led Utah Valley's explosive bats by going 4-for-5 with 4 RBI. Austin Heaps also had four RBI by going 3-for-4. Thomas, Heaps, Josh Hinckley and Scott Croshaw all hit homeruns.
Thomas is batting .559 with six homers and 21 RBI in the last nine games for the Wolverines.
"The ball just looked like a watermelon," Thomas said. "It seemed really big and I was seeing it really well."
Heaps, Openshaw and Brinkerhoff had three hits while Hinckley had two hits. As a team UV pounded out 18 hits.
Thomas led off the second inning with a deep double to right center. Heaps followed with a walk and a batter later Hinckley walked with one out to load the bases. The runners then advanced and Thomas scored on a wild pitch by Lucas Trinnaman to give UV a 1-0 lead.
The Wolverines added to their lead in the third with five runs and four coming with two outs. The scoring started when Adam Openshaw singled with one out and he later scored with on a single by Thomas.
Heaps then doubled home Thomas and Brinkerhoff singled home Heaps to make it 3-0. Hinckley then knocked a 420 foot three-run bomb to extend the lead to 6-0.
In the fourth inning Keiki Albino
reached on an infield single and Tyler Garretson
was hit by a pitch. The runners advanced on a Openshaw sacrifice bunt. Eli Slesk
the hit a two RBI single down the right field line to up the lead to 8-0.
After Utah scored a run in the sixth the Wolverines countered with three runs in the bottom of the seventh to lead 11-1.
In the eighth inning UV built a 15-1 lead with two outs after back-to-back homeruns by Thomas and Heaps. Croshaw also hit a two-run bomb to give Utah Valley an 18-1 lead.
The series concludes on Saturday with a doubleheader at Ute Field beginning at 1 p.m.