May 12, 2010
BELLEVUE, Wash. -- Utah Valley got a 12th-inning double from Goose Kallunki and a stellar start on the mound from Zane Gray to edge Seattle 2-1 in 12 innings on Wednesday at Bannerwood Park. The extra-inning pitcher's duel lasted a swift two hours and 39 minutes.
Gray pitched 8.2 innings and allowed no earned runs (one unearned) on three hits while striking out six in an 89-pitch outing.
Brian Whatcott threw 2.1 innings of scoreless baseball and got the win, improving his record to 2-0. Craig Brimhall pitched the 12th and struck out pinch-hitter Steve Kirbach on a 3-2 pitch to end it and earn his third save. The three UVU pitchers limited Seattle to just five hits in the game.
"Zane pitched awesome. As good as we could ask him to pitch," said UVU head coach Eric Madsen. "There was that little hiccup early that could have caused him some headaches but he got through it and Brian and Craig both came on and got the job done."
It was the fourth extra-inning game this season for the Wolverines (29-17). UVU is now 3-1 in extra-inning games.
At one point Gray retired 15 straight Redhawks (8-34). He retired the side in order in the first, third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Gray allowed runners in the seventh and eight but got double plays both times to end the inning.
Seattle starter Max Whieldon was also sharp, throwing nine complete innings and allowing just one run on six hits while striking out five. Whieldon was perfect thru three and had pitched to the minimum after five, allowing just one hit. He retired the side in order in six of his nine innings and threw 103 pitches.
Seattle scored its only run on a sacrifice fly in the second by shortstop Nick Latta. The Redhawks had the bases loaded and nobody out when Josh Kalalau came in to score on the fly ball with the throw just up the third base line.
The throw actually hit Kalalau and the runner at second, Nate Roberts, got caught too far off of the bag at second and was thrown out at by Kevin Arendse
to end the inning with minimal damage.
The score remained 1-0 Seattle until the seventh when Kallunki singled home Jace Brinkerhoff on a hit-and-run to tie the game.
Six innings later, Chris Benson walked with one out and ran on the first pitch from Bryan Dalton. Kallunki crushed the pitch off the wall in right and Benson scored easily for the game winning run.
Brimhall got the first two hitters in the 12th before a single and walk put what would have been the winning run on before he got Kirbach swinging to end it.
Kallunki finished with two hits and both RBI while Jake Rickenbach finished with three hits. Kallunki's double in the 12th was the only extra-base hit of the game.
The Wolverines are now just a win shy of their first 30-win season and host NJIT this weekend in a four-game Great West Conference series starting Friday at 6 p.m. at Brent Brown Ballpark. It will be Senior Night on Friday with UVU's four seniors honored prior to the game.