College roundup: Sacramento State Hornets sting Utah Valley Wolverines
OREM — Sacramento State used a big third inning on its way to spoiling Utah Valley University's home opener on Thursday night at Brent Brown Ballpark, taking the first of a three-game series, 13-3.
The Hornets (12-11) scored three in the second and exploded for eight runs in the third to take an early 11-2 lead. An error in each of the run-scoring frames prolonged the innings and Sacramento State took advantage, scoring six unearned runs.
The Wolverines (7-11) answered the three runs in the second with two of their own. Goose Kallunki doubled off the wall in left to score Austin Heaps and then scored on Kai Hatch's single.
In the third, the Hornets sent 11 hitters to the plate and got home runs from Derrick Chung and Rhys Hoskins. Hoskins' homer — a three-run shot — came as part of a three hit, three RBI day.
Kallunki had the second of two RBIs on the day in the sixth, with a sac-fly to score Jake Rickenbach for UVU's final run of the night. Heaps had two hits to lead Utah Valley.
Justin Higley went 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs while Will Soto and Clay Cederquist joined Hoskins with three-hit days. Sacramento State finished with 19 hits.
Tanner Mendoca threw 8 innings and allowed three runs on five hits to get the win while Blake Krahenbuhl was tagged with the loss.
The second game of the series is set for a 6 p.m. MT first pitch Friday night.
UTAH GOLF: At Lakeside, Calif., the Utes completed the first day of the Barona Collegiate Cup Thursday at the Barona Creek Golf Club in 15th place. The team tallied a first-round mark of 371, while two Utes lead in individual standings, tying for 27th.
Sophomore Daniel Engle and freshman Brandon Kida round up identical scores of 70, while freshmen Gentry Hicks and Myles Sullivan, as well as sophomore Ben Bankhead, posted identical scores of 77 to tie for 89th.
BYU GOLF: At Goodyear, Ariz., the Cougars roared to a first-place standing after a season best 14-under 274 first round at the Desert Shootout on Thursday.
"Everybody got off to a great start," said BYU assistant coach Todd Miller. "We jumped right out at the gate."
Four Cougars are in the top 30 with junior Zac Blair leading the way in second. Blair birdied eight times, tied for the most of any player on the day, and sits just two strokes out of first place.
Sophomore Justin Keiley is right behind Blair, tied for fourth after a first round 5-under 67. Most of his success came on par-5 holes, where Keiley shot 4-under on the day.
Rounding out the next two spots for BYU were sophomore Jordan Hammer and freshman Cole Ogden. Hammer is tied for 11th while Ogden is tied for 27th. This is the first time all season that the Cougars have had four players shoot so well in a tournament.
"Our problem has been slow starts," Miller said. "It's tough to try and grind it back to par. Hopefully we can keep this going for the next two rounds."
The second round will be played Friday and the tournament will conclude on Saturday.
Place Name Score
T2 Zac Blair -6
T4 Justin Keiley -5
T11 Jordan Hammer -3
T27 Cole Ogden E
T53 Adam Tebbs 3
SUU GOLF: At Goodyear, Ariz., Nic Booth was in 16th place and Southern Utah was 14th after the first round of Denver's Desert Shootout, which is being played at the par 72, 7,015-yard Palm Valley Golf Course.
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