April 28, 2011
OREM, Utah - Jeremy Gendlek extended his scoreless innings streak to 24 as Utah Valley rolled to an 18-0, seven-inning win in the opener of a four-game Great West Conference series against NYIT on Thursday night at Brent Brown Ballpark.
It's Gendlek's second complete-game shutout of the year, the sixth for the Wolverines (16-19, 8-1) overall and the team's fourth shutout in the last five Gendlek starts.
"That was a complete game, a complete team-effort," said head coach Eric Madsen. "It was awesome to see him (Gendlek) keep that streak and we made a couple of great defensive plays to help enable that. Offensively I was really pleased with the adjustments we made. We're swinging the bat better."
UVU had 21 hits with four apiece from Chris Benson and Kai Hatch. Both players were 4-for-5 with Benson driving in four and Hatch finishing with three RBI. Hatch extended his torrid streak to 18 hits in his last 24 at-bats, a .750 average over the last six games.
Alex Exon homered and drove in three for the Wolverines while Jason Zundel added three hits. Both Goose Kallunki and Austin Heaps had a two-RBI day.
The Wolverines scored four times in the first, two coming on a two-out double by Hatch, to jump out on top early.
UVU added one more in the second before breaking the game wide open with eight runs on eight hits in the third. Exon hit his home run in the inning, a two-run shot, and Benson also drove in a pair with a base hit.
The Wolverines scored in every inning in the win over the Bears (10-21, 6-4) who got three hits from Rob Cafiero. New York finished with nine scattered singles before the final out - a diving catch in down the right-field line by Billy Burgess with two on - kept at least one run off the board to continue Gendlek's scoreless streak.
Gendlek, now 4-3 overall, is 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 23 innings during Great West play.
The series will continue on Friday, with the two teams scheduled to play a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m. MT.