College roundup: Cougars eliminated from NCAA tourney

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Published: Saturday, May 19 2012 9:00 p.m. MDT

Ashley Czechner, Chattanooga State Community College (5-1, 3.31 ERA, 37 K in 32.2 IP)

UVU BASEBALL: At Orem, Utah Valley University completed an undefeated Great West Conference season at 28-0 after holding off Northern Colorado, 10-9, on Saturday in the regular season finale. UVU is now 76-4 in three Great West regular seasons.

The Wolverines move to 43-12 overall, surpassing the school record for wins in a season, which was set in 2010. UVU will open next week's GWC tournament on Tuesday at 7 p.m. MT against NYIT.

After Northern Colorado (25-31, 15-13) scored a single run in the top of the first, UVU tied it on a Billy Burgess sac-fly and then went ahead when Goose Kallunki singled home Sean Moysh. For Kallunki, it was his nation-leading 80th RBI of the season and moved him into first place on the school's all-time list with 217 for his career.

The Bears put up six runs in the second, on five hits, including two-run doubles from Derek Baum and Casey Coy.

The Wolverines answered, though, getting five in the bottom half of the frame. Jake Rickenbach was hit by a pitch with the bases full to bring home one run before Billy Burgess delivered his fifth career grand slam, tying the game at 7-7.

Jensen Park gave UNC a one-run lead with an RBI double in the fourth, but again UVU responded, getting three in the bottom of the inning to take the lead for good.

Kai Hatch singled home Burgess for the game-tying run and then Alex Exon's single back up the middle plated both Kallunki and Hatch to give Utah Valley a 10-8 lead.

Kevin Hurd's two-out base got Northern Colorado within a run in the sixth, but neither team would score after that.

Taylor Mangum threw 21/3 innings in relief and got the win, his second of the weekend, moving his season record to 6-0.

Burgess drove in five runs for Utah Valley while Exon had three hits and two RBIs. Coy led the Bears with three hits.

UTAH BASEBALL: At Salt Lake City, the Utes continued to struggle on offense, falling to 12th-ranked Stanford, 8-1.

Brett Mooneyham pitched 81/3 innings for Stanford, allowing one run on four hits with 10 strikeouts. Dean McArdle closed out the game on the mound, throwing the final 2/3 of an inning.

Joe Pond pitched four innings for the Utes, allowing six runs (four earned) on eight hits with three strikeouts. Kesley Kondo threw 41/3 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits with three strikeouts. Nick Green threw 2/3 of the ninth inning.

Utah (14-37, 7-22 Pac-12) had five hits on the afternoon. The Utes had three errors leading to three unearned runs for the Cardinal.

Stanford (35-14, 16-10 Pac-12) scored unearned runs in both the first and second innings to take a 2-0 lead, taking advantage of a pair of Utah errors. The Cardinal pulled ahead to a 4-0 lead with a two-run fourth, with Eric Smith and Dominic Jose each hitting singles in the inning before Smith scored on a wild pitch and Jose came home on a sacrifice fly.

Stanford took a 6-0 lead on a two-run home run off the bat of Brian Ragira in the fifth inning.

Utah scored its lone run of the game in the bottom of the seventh. Shaun Cooper and Jo Jo Sharrar singled with Cooper scoring on an RBI single off the bat of Cory Hunt.

The Cardinal added two runs in the top of the ninth inning after a two-RBI single off the bat of Alex Blandino.

BYU BASEBALL: At Provo, despite coming back to tie the game twice, the Cougars fell to Santa Clara, 14-10.

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