April 11, 2007
Orem, Utah - Marcus Moore's record-setting pitching night led Utah Valley State to a 4-2 victory over Southern Utah. The rubber match victory gives the Wolverines (13-21) their second series win over the Thunderbirds (5-30) this season.
Moore (3-2) struck out a UV Division I record 14 batters in his second career NCAA start. Moore has now pitched complete games in his two starts, both victories. He gave up only four hits on the night. Moore dueled with Orem native Mac Nelson, who pitched a complete game for SUU.
"I'm real happy with Marcus' perfomance today," head coach Steve Gardner said. "We played good defense and we're happy to get the win."
UV wasted no time building a lead. After retiring SUU in the top of the first without surrendering a hit, the Wolverines scored two runs on three hits in the bottom half of the inning. After Ryan Jones singled with one out, Eli Slesk reached on an error. Both runners advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch. Austin Heaps plated the two on a single up the middle.
The Thunderbirds answered in the top of the second on a Jacob Romney two-run homer to tie the score. After that, Moore settled into a groove, retiring 12 straight batters, including six by strike out. Southern Utah picked up a single in the sixth but Moore retired the next two batters to get out of the inning without a problem.
"The most important thing tonight is that we won the game," Moore said of his record-setting performance. "We didn't feel we should have lost last night so it was a good win."
The Wolverines added run support scoring one run in each of the third and fourth innings. In the third, UV scored on a solo home run from Derrick Thomas
, his seventh of the season.
Utah Valley's fourth inning run came off another Thomas RBI. Slesk picked up a two-out double before Thomas delivered the RBI on a single to right center.
Moore continued to cruise allowing only two more hits the entire night. He struck out Romney with two out in the ninth inning to seal the victory.
UV will head back out on the road, heading to South Dakota State to take on the Jacks this weekend in a three-game set starting Friday.