Wolverines Split Friday Great West Doubleheader

Goose Kallunki

April 22, 2011


Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score


OREM, Utah - Utah Valley erased an early deficit to earn a come-from-behind 9-8 win in the opening game of a Friday doubleheader over Chicago State. CSU then scored a 6-5 win in the nightcap to earn a split in Great West Conference baseball action at Brent Brown Ballpark.

In the Wolverine win, Kai Hatch was 4-for-4 and Goose Kallunki had two hits - including a three-run home run - and four RBI. Hatch finished with seven hits during the twin bill, scoring twice in the opener and driving in a pair of runs in the second game.

After falling behind 7-0 just an inning and a half into the first game, Utah Valley got back into it with a six-run third. The Wolverines (14-18, 6-1) got six straight hits to start inning, including the towering, three-run home run to left by Kallunki.

UVU took the lead in the fourth after Kirk Doxey delivered a clutch two-out, two-run single to center to make it 8-7. The Wolverines added an important insurance run in the fifth when Kallunki singled home Chris Benson with a two-out base hit to left.

That run turned out to be the difference in the game when Chicago State scored a run in the seventh and had the tying run at second before Preston Olson - who improved to 3-0 with the win - got Jack Bobillo to line out to Kallunki at third to end the game.

Olson pitched 5.2 innings in relief, allowing just one run on five hits. Kallunki, Doxey and Benson each had two hits in the first game while Tony Sanchez drove in four runs with two doubles for the Cougars.

In the second game, Utah Valley took an early 1-0 lead in the second on a base hit by Hatch that scored Austin Heaps. Hatch and Heaps both went 3-for-4 in the second game.



The Cougars scored four times in the fourth inning - three on a home run by Bobillo - and then one time in the fifth to jump ahead 5-1.

Utah Valley would get two back in the sixth; Kallunki drove in one run on a sac-fly and Hatch singled home Heaps, but the Wolverines would strand the tying run in scoring position.

The Wolverines trailed 6-3 entering the ninth and got a base hit from Hatch and triple to center by Doxey before Austin Haws made it 6-5 with a sac-fly. Jonathan Carpen made a diving catch in right on a fly ball off the bat of Benson to end the game.

Gregory Day threw 143 pitches in earning the complete-game win for Chicago State, improving his record to 2-3.

The loss ended a 16-game Great West regular-season winning streak for Utah Valley.

The series concludes on Saturday with a noon first pitch. Utah Valley hosts Utah on Tuesday, April 26 before a four-game Great West series against NYIT starting April 28.