May 4, 2012
HOUSTON - Goose Kallunki smashed two home runs and Ryan Chadwick came on to record a three inning save as Utah Valley extended its winning streak to 25 Friday at Houston Baptist with a 6-5 victory. The 25th win surpassed No. 2 Baylor's previous 24-game win streak as the Wolverines (32-11, 17-0 GWC) now have the longest winning streak in the nation in 2012.
"This was a great win for us. It was a tough game and I was proud of the guys for being able to pull it out on the road," UVU head coach Eric Madsen said. "We got off to a good start but we have to do a better job of being thorough and finishing opportunities to score runs. Goose (Kallunki) provided all the offense that he could for us and what a job by Ryan Chadwick coming in and relieving Jeremy Gendlek there at the end."
The two homers by Kallunki gives him 15 for the season, which ties a single-season school record that Dan Bulow (2005) and Derrick Thomas (2007) previously set and it also puts Kallunki just two back of the national leader this season.
Kallunki's first home run was a solo shot down the leftfield line that put the Wolverines on the board in the second inning. His second came in the fifth when he blasted a no-doubt two-run homer to left-center to extend UVU's lead to 6-2. The three RBIs that Kallunki drove home in the game extends his national-leading RBI total to 67.
In between Kallunki's first and second round-trippers in the contest, Sean Moysh and Billy Burgess both drove home runs in the third with extra base hits and Burgess plated another run in the fifth with his second of three doubles in the game.
Houston Baptist (18-25, 10-7 GWC) scored two runs in the third to make it a 3-2 contest and later when UVU was ahead 6-2, the Huskies managed to drive home one run in the sixth and two more in the seventh to make it a 6-5 game.
Jeremy Gendlek started on the mound for UVU and pitched six-plus innings. After giving up a leadoff double to HBU's Garrett Tully in the seventh, Ryan Chadwick came on in relief of Gendlek and did a nice job to get out of a Husky rally that inning. Chadwick went on to give up just one run and one hit in three innings of work to record his first save of the season and help preserve the win for the Wolverines. He also retired the side in order in both the eighth and ninth.
Gendlek picked up the win on the mound to improve to 9-3 on the year, while HBU's Dalton Schafer suffered the loss to drop to 4-6.
Burgess led UVU with three hits, while Kallunki, Jake Rickenbach and Alex Exon each recorded two hits apiece. David Pfuntner, Josh Foust and Garrett Tully led HBU as they all had two hits as well.
The Great West Conference series between UVU and HBU continues Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m. CT/11 a.m. MT. The series will then conclude with a single game Sunday at 1 p.m. CT/12 p.m. MT.