May 24, 2007
Orem, Utah - Just 24 hours after winning the independent tournament opener on its last at bat, Utah Valley wasted no time in jumping to a 23-3 rout of NJIT.
The Wolverines (24-29) set a school record with 26 hits while posting a season-best 23 runs against the Highlanders (14-27). Austin Heaps and Dick Bargewell led UV as each went 5-for-6 from the plate. Both Heaps and Bargewell came up one hit short of a cycle.
Every player in Utah Valley's lineup recorded at least one hit, with seven picking up multiple hits. UV hit a scorching .553 as a team in the game.
Heaps and Keiki Albino led the Wolverines with five RBI apiece. Eight Utah Valley players recorded RBI.
The Wolverine scoring parade started early in the bottom of the first. After UV retired NJIT in order in the top of the inning, the Wolverines' first four hitters reached base. Utah Valley's Derrick Thomas smoked a two-run triple to give the Wolverines their first two runs of the game. A Bargewell two run triple extended UV's lead to 6-0 in the opening frame.
A seven-run second followed the Wolverines big first inning. Heaps hit a two-run double and scored on a two-run single by Kevin Arendse. After Bargewell doubled, Keiki Albino hit his first home run of the season, a three-run shot to give the Wolverines a 13-0 lead.
The Highlanders broke through with three runs in the top of the third courtesy of a Chris Cardone home run and a two-run double by Kwesi Mitchell.
UV added another big inning in the bottom of the fifth. Bargewell connected on a RBI double, followed by four RBI singles and another run-scoring ground out.
UV added a run in the bottom of the seventh when Eli Slesk scored on a Heaps single. The Wolverines added two in the eighth on a Tyler Garretson run-scoring single and a Slesk sacrifice fly to run the lead to 23-3.
Tournament play continues Thursday as the Wolverines take on NYIT at 7:30 p.m. NJIT will play South Dakota State at 12:30.