May 6, 2007
Game 1 Box Score - Game 2 Box Score
GREELEY, Colorado - Utah Valley set a new school record for wins with an 8-6, 9-6 doubleheader sweep at Northern Colorado on Sunday to move to 21-27 on the year, surpassing the old win total of 19.
The Wolverines earned a come-from-behind win in the opener with a three-run ninth inning before taking a six-run lead early in the second game and holding on late.
Freshman Craig Brimhall earned saves in both contests while Eli Slesk finished the day with five hits including a home run in the opener and a triple in the nightcap.
In the decisive ninth inning of the opening game, Slesk led off the ninth with a single up the middle and later moved to third on an Austin Heaps single to right. Jace Brinkerhoff then delivered the game-tying hit on a single down the left field line before Kevin Arendse drove a 0-2 pitch to the wall in ninth two batters later. Arendse's double scored pinch-runner Dick Bargewell and Brinkerhoff, putting UV up 8-6.
After the Wolverines did their damage in the top of the inning, Brimhall pitched a perfect bottom of the ninth. Ryan Chadwick improved to 2-3 earning the win while Tyler Pearson (2-6) took the loss.
Early on the Wolverines struck first when Tyler Garretson singled to begin the game and moved over to third on Slesk's 20th double of the season. Those two scored on a single to right from Austin Heaps for his 42nd runs batted in on the year.
That lead was short lived though when the Bears plated three runs in the bottom of the first, two of which were unearned after Arendse's throw to first ricocheted off of Adam Symons, scoring Chad Murray and Grady Gorman.
Slesk tied the game in the third with a home run to left, his fourth long ball of the year.
UNC regained the lead in the fourth on an RBI double from Symons and a sac-fly by Phil Santucci.
Heaps drove in his third run of the game with a two-out single to center in the seventh that scored Scott Croshaw from second base.
In the eighth, Bears' leftfielder Anthony Garcia made the defensive play of the game to that point when he threw out Adam Openshaw at the plate, who tried to score from second on a Keiki Albino single.
Croshaw came up big though with two outs, tripling on a fly ball down the right field line to score Albino and tie the game at five.
John Ray broke the tie in the bottom of the eighth with a home run to left, giving UNC a 6-5 lead heading into the big ninth for Utah Valley.
In the second game, Utah Valley scored first in the same manner it did in the opener, a two-run single to right by Heaps. After a Brinkerhoff single moved Heaps to third, Openshaw drove him home on a sac-fly to left center.
The Bears scored a single run in the bottom of the first when Chad Murray singled home Ray, but Murray was gunned down at second trying to turn the hit into a double.
The Wolverines answered that score with a single run in the second on an RBI triple from Slesk that scored Albino, who reached on an error to lead of the inning.
UV stretched the lead to 7-1 after two runs in the third and another in the fourth.
Northern Colorado got back into the game with a three-run fourth with two of the runs coming on a bases-loaded single by Trey Keene, making the score 7-4. With two out and the bases again loaded, UV starter Dan Christensen snared a line shot off the bat of Anthony Garcia to end the inning.
The Wolverines extended the lead back to five runs with two more runs in the sixth on runs batted in from Openshaw and Arendse.
The Bears were threatening again the sixth with runners at first and second and one out, but Croshaw gunned down Kevin Sandberg at home trying to score from second on a single and Garretson took away a hit from Brad Beaman with a diving catch in center.
Northern Colorado wouldn't go away, bringing the tying run the plate in a 9-6 contest with nobody out in the ninth, but Brimhall got a popout, groundout and strikeout to end the game.
Dan Christensen (4-5) got the win after throwing six innings and allowing four runs on eight hits while Joe Sawicki (0-2) took the loss after giving up seven runs (four earned) on seven hit in four innings. Thomas and Albino had three hits each to lead the Wolverines.
Up next will be a home contest against Utah on Tuesday night at 7pm.