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April 20, 2012

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OREM, Utah -- Utah Valley got a pair of strong pitching performances and jumped out early in extending its school-record winning streak to 18 games, sweeping both ends of a doubleheader, 7-0 and 11-1, over second-place Texas-Pan American on Friday night at Brent Brown Ballpark.

Adam Gunn pitched 6.1 scoreless innings in the opener and Jeremy Gendlek followed with a complete-game five-hitter in the nightcap to help Great West Conference-leading UVU move to 11-0 in league play. A season-high 2,388 fans were also treated to fireworks following the twin bill as part of Utah Valley University's ribbon-cutting and opening of the new UVU Science Building.

"Gunn and Gendlek were great. They controlled the atmosphere all day. We hit the ball and those two really managed things well right from the start," said UVU head coach Eric Madsen. "I'm also really happy with the way we're playing defense right now. Our guys are taking a lot of pride in what they do."

The Wolverines (25-11) jumped out to early leads in both games, scoring a combined 11 runs in the doubleheader; four in game one and seven in game two. UVU has scored 14 runs in the first inning alone in the series' first three games.

In the 11-1 win that was shortened due to the 10-run rule, the first six UVU hitters all reached base to begin the bottom half of the first. Goose Kallunki smashed his 10th home run of the year, a three-run blast, as part of the big first frame. Sean Moysh had two base hits the inning with his second bringing in Jordy Hart - who also had an RBI single - for the seventh run.

The Broncs (21-10, 8-3 GWC) scored their lone run of the doubleheader in the second on an RBI single by Riley Goulding, but that run was answered with a sacrifice fly from Kai Hatch in the bottom half of the inning.

Billy Burgess and Austin Heaps started the fourth with back-to-back doubles before Hatch capped the scoring with a two-run shot to left. Burgess and Heaps both finished with three hits while Kallunki and Hatch each had three RBIs. Gendlek won his seventh straight decision and moved to 7-3 on the year with the win.

In the opener, the four-run first followed by a single run in the second helped UVU take quick control with a 5-0 lead. Three straight hits started the bottom of the first with Burgess' double driving in the first run of the game.

Heaps had a sac-fly, Kallunki an RBI and Willie Pratt was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to make it 4-0 after one. Kallunki added his second RBI with a double to right in the second, scoring Moysh.

Meanwhile, UVU starter Adam Gunn put up zeroes on the mound and the Wolverines held the same 5-0 advantage until the sixth, when Burgess crushed a two-run home run to left center to add to the lead.

Gunn lasted 6.1 innings and struck out five batters to pick up the win and move to 6-3 on the year. Craig Brimhall recorded the final two outs to preserve the shutout, the first time this season the Broncs have been blanked.

Burgess and Moysh both went 2-for-3 with Burgess driving in three runs. Jake Rickenbach had hits in each game to extend his streak to 19 games with Kallunki's hit streak sitting at 16.

The series concludes on Saturday with first pitch set for 1 p.m. MT. The game can be heard live on 960 AM the Zone.