April 30, 2011
OREM, Utah - Utah Valley completed a comeback win over NYIT when Billy Burgess singled home Kai Hatch with one out in the bottom of the ninth to win 9-8 on Saturday at Brent Brown Ballpark.
The win completed a four-game sweep of the Bears in Great West Conference play and improved UVU's record to 19-19 overall and 11-1 in conference.
"I was proud of what our guys did," said head coach Eric Madsen. "That's a great sweep because New York's a great team. For us to be able to do what we needed to do to win shows a lot about our club."
The Wolverines trailed early after the Bears (10-24, 6-7) scored six times in the third to take a 6-0 lead.
Burgess doubled to lead off the bottom of the frame and scored when Austin Haws delivered a two-out double to get UVU on the board.
Rob Cafiero tripled and scored on a base hit by George Carroll to extend the NYIT advantage to 7-1 in the fifth.
The Wolverines put a dent into the six-run deficit with three in the fifth. An error allowed one run to come in before a bases-loaded walk to Goose Kallunki scored the second run. Chris Benson also scored in the inning on a wild pitch.
In the sixth, Alex Exon doubled and scored on a base hit by Burgess to start the scoring before Haws delivered his second two-out RBI with a base hit to left to plate Burgess. Benson then bounce a double past the bag at third to plate Burgess and tie the game at 7-7.
Burgess' sac-fly in the seventh gave UVU a brief lead but NYIT's Jerry Smith came up with a big two-out single in the top of the eighth to tie it at eight.
In the ninth, Kai Hatch blooped a ball into right that went for a double to lead off the inning. After Exon grounded to second to allow Hatch to move to third, Burgess singled into left with the infield in to give Utah Valley the walk-off win.
Burgess went 3-for-4 with three RBI and scored two runs while Haws had two hits, two RBI and also scored twice.
Craig Brimhall (2-1) threw an 1.1 innings to get the win while Steve Cotov (0-2) took the loss for NYIT. Preston Olson tossed five solid innings in relief for UVU, keeping the Wolverines within striking distance.
Next week, Utah Valley has a single non-conference game at home on Wednesday, May 4 against Seattle before hitting the road for four conference games at Texas-Pan American beginning May 6.