Wolverines Top BYU to Extend Streak to 24

WOLVERINEGREENDOTCOM Billy Burgess (12) and Goose Kallunki (33)
Billy Burgess (12) and Goose Kallunki (33)

May 1, 2012

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OREM, Utah -- Utah Valley University slugged its way to a 14-11 win over BYU in front of a record 5,456 fans on Tuesday night at Brent Brown Ballpark. The win is the Wolverines' (31-11) 24th straight and is the longest current win streak in the nation. It also matches No. 2 Baylor for the longest win streak in NCAA Division I this season.

Goose Kallunki had a three-run blast, his 13th home run of the year, and had four RBIs to up his nation-leading total to 64 on the season. Billy Burgesswent 4-for-5 at the plate and also robbed Wes Guenther of a home run in right field to end the fourth on a ball that would have given the Cougars (18-18) an 8-3 lead at the time.

"We found a way to win. The thing about this club is that they find ways to win when they need to," said UVU head coach Eric Madsen. "That catch Billy made changed the game. That was unbelievable."

Burgess' first-inning triple got UVU on the board, scoring Sean Moysh from second. Burgess then scored on a sac-fly by Austin Heapsto give the Wolverines a 2-0 lead after one.

BYU got a solo home run from Alex Wolfe and took advantage of two UVU errors to score four times in the second. The Cougars added two more in the third on Kelton Caldwell's two-run homer and led 6-2.

Kallunki had an RBI double in the third to cut it to 6-3 before UVU put up five in the fourth on the heels of Burgess' big catch.

Jordy Hart tripled home Willie Pratt, one of a trio of three-baggers on the night for UVU, to start the scoring in the fourth. Moysh then singled home Hart and three batters later Kallunki crushed a pitch over the second wall and into the pond in left to give Utah Valley an 8-6 lead.

BYU responded quickly though, adding four runs in the fifth to regain the lead, 10-8, but the Wolverines would answer that with four more in bottom half of the frame. Two in the four-run fifth for UVU came in on wild pitches and two more on a base hit by Moysh, giving UVU the lead for good.

In the sixth, Alex Exondoubled and scored on a triple by Pratt, who later came in on another BYU wild pitch to give the Wolverines a 14-10 lead.

Taylor Mangum pitched 3.1 innings in relief and put up zeroes in sixth and seventh before Jeff Bartocame on in a two-on and two-out situation in the eighth. Barto got Wolfe on a chopper out in front of home plate to end the threat.

Mangum (3-0) picked up the win while Barto earned a save after striking out Guenther to end it as the potential tying run at the plate.

Moysh was 2-for-3 with three RBIs as he and Burgess each scored three times. Both players entered the day in the top 10 nationally in runs scored.

Jake Rickenbachwent 0-for-3 to see his school-record-tying 24-game hit streak come to an end.

The win over BYU comes in the only meeting between the schools this season and pushes UVU's record to 8-0 against the Utah schools in 2012. The Wolverines host the University of Utah on May 15 in the final in-state game of the season.

Up next, UVU now travels to Houston Baptist for a four-game Great West Conference series beginning Friday at 2 p.m. CT.

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