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College roundup: Late rally lifts Oregon Ducks baseball over Utah Utes

Published: Saturday, March 24 2012 10:33 p.m. MDT

"To win a series against that club is outstanding. Sac State is a very good team," said UVU head coach Eric Madsen.

Kai Hatch led off the sixth with a home run to left center, on the first pitch he saw, in an inning where the shortstop would both homer and triple. Hatch went 3-for-4 and finished a double shy of the cycle. He walked in his final plate appearance.

Alex Exon and Willie Pratt followed Hatch in the sixth with consecutive singles before a sac-fly by Jordy Hart plated Exon. Jake Rickenbach then singled home Pratt, Sean Moysh added another base hit and Billy Burgess was hit by a pitch before Heaps' grand slam to right center made it an eight-run lead for UVU. Hatch's triple came with two down and nobody on.

Sacramento State responded by scoring six times in the seventh with Rhys Hoskins' bases-loaded, two-out double driving in three in the inning. Clay Cederquist drove home Hoskins with a double to cap the scoring for the Hornets (12-13) and make it 10-8 game.

The Wolverines answered that with three more of their own; Heaps drove in his fifth and sixth runs with a bases-loaded single up the middle and Burgess scored on a wild pitch to tag R.J. Davis with the first runs allowed by the hard-throwing right-hander on the season.

"I think being able to regain momentum was the difference in the game, especially against their guy. I was really pleased to see our guys respond like that," Madsen said.

Adam Gunn improved to 2-3 with the win on the mound. Gunn, after allowing two first-inning runs, kept Sacramento State off the board in his final four innings of work. He struck out five and surrendered five hits in five innings. Craig Brimhall and Josh Swenson threw the final 21/3 scoreless innings to finish off the series. It was the fourth straight UVU win that Swenson has finished on the mound. Brennan Leitao took his first loss and dropped to 2-1 after giving up nine runs (eight earned) on 12 hits in 51/3 innings.

Six different players had multi-hit days for Utah Valley on a 15-hit afternoon. Rickenbach and Hatch both had three hits while Moysh, Heaps, Exon and Pratt had two hits each. Hart was without a hit but drove in two runs and scored twice.

For the Hornets, who were playing their 10th game in nine days, Hoskins and Cederquist were two of five players with two hits apiece.

The Wolverines continue their 11-game home stand next week by hosting Southern Utah in a three-game series starting Thursday. UVU swept three games from the T-Birds earlier in the season in Cedar City.

BYU GOLF: At Goodyear, Ariz., after two solid rounds of golf, the BYU men's team faltered, taking second place at the Desert Shootout on Saturday.

Sophomore Justin Keiley (9-under 207), junior Zac Blair (8-under 208) and freshman Cole Ogden (7-under 209), placed third, tied for fourth and tied for sixth, respectively, in the individual competition to lead the Cougars.

"We didn't play very well today," BYU coach Bruce Brockbank said. "We started off really sloppy and made a lot of mistakes."

BYU finished the 54-hole tournament with a 26-under-par 838 total, two shots behind champion Wichita State. Denver placed third, 14 shots off the pace at 850 with Kansas State and San Diego tied for fourth at 856.

Keiley's third place finish is his highest this season, though he struggled in the final round, shooting a 3-over-par 75.

Blair shot a final round 3-under-par 69 on the final 18 holes played Saturday, while Ogden carded the second best score for the Cougars with a 2-under-par 70.

"Having guys ranked third, fourth and sixth always means you're going to be in the hunt but we just didn't get it done," Brockbank said. "I'm proud of how the guys battled. They didn't give up, but bogies killed us in the end."

Other Cougar scores included Jordan Hammer at 218 (69-73-76) and Adam Tebbs at 220 (75-69-76).

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