Wolverines open Great West season Friday at NJIT

Riley White

April 3, 2013


OREM, Utah --
Utah Valley University and NJIT open the final Great West Conference baseball this season with a four-game series beginning Friday from Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium in Newark, N.J.

The Last Meeting
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April 28, 2012
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23 Straight as Wolverines Complete Sweep of NJIT
Utah Valley University pushed its win streak to 23 games in completing a four-game sweep of NJIT, 11-7, on Saturday afternoon at Brent Brown Ballpark. The Wolverines (30-11) clinched their third straight 30-win season and remained perfect in Great West Conference play at 16-0.

Due to rain in the forecast, the opener has been moved up to noon ET/10 a.m. MT with a Saturday doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. ET/11 a.m. MT. Sunday’s series finale is slated for noon ET/10 a.m. MT.

The Wolverines (9-17) have lost six straight after an 8-0 defeat at BYU on Tuesday. NJIT (8-14) is coming off of a 10-6 win on Wednesday at home over Fairfield.

Utah Valley has won all 13 prior meetings between the schools, but two seasons ago in Newark saw the clubs play three extra-inning games during a four-game series.

After UVU scored twice in the ninth to win the opener 5-3, it took the Wolverines 14 innings to win 9-8, 11 innings to win 2-0 and finally, another 14-inning contest in the finale, an 8-3 victory. In total, the teams played 57 innings in less than a 48 hour timeframe.

The Wolverines open league play with a 29-game Great West winning streak and have won 44 of their last 45 regular season conference games. UVU is 76-4 all-time in the GWC regular season.

Next week, Utah Valley will return home to host Houston Baptist in a rematch of last season’s tournament final. The series starts Thursday, April 11 in Orem.