BELLEVUE, Wash. — Utah Valley University pounded out 16 hits Sunday to win the first game of a doubleheader, 15-2, before Seattle University came from behind late and held off a ninth-inning Wolverine rally to split the twin bill with a 9-7 win.
In game one, the Wolverines scored in every inning but the first to end the game in seven via the 10-run rule. Five different players had multihit games, including three hits each from Sean Moysh, Austin Heaps and Willie Pratt, who drove in three runs.
Utah Valley scored twice in the second to take an early lead. Goose Kallunki crossed the plate for the first run of the game on a balk before Pratt's RBI groundout plated Hatch to make 2-0.
In the third, Jake Rickenbach walked before consecutive singles from Moysh and Billy Burgess gave UVU a 3-0 lead. Moysh later scored on a wild pitch before Hatch drove in Burgess with a sacrifice fly to center.
The Redhawks got a run back in the bottom of the third, but a chance at a bigger inning was averted when Hatch made a diving catch on a blooper in shallow left to end the inning.
Utah Valley pushed three more across in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Court Zollinger added a solo home run and Rickenbach had an RBI triple in the fifth.
UVU's final run in the seventh came on what was scored an RBI single by Heaps that scored Burgess. Heaps' fly ball to left ricocheted off Bryndon Ecklund's glove and over the wall for what would have been a home run, but it was ruled that Heaps passed Burgess on the base paths, giving the senior only a single on the play. Blake Krahenbuhl earned the win on the mound, matching Marcus Moore for tops on the all-time win list in Utah Valley's NCAA era. The win is Krahenbuhl's 17th for Utah Valley in two-plus seasons.
In the second game, Utah Valley broke through with three in the top of the first, doing all of the scoring damage after two were out in the frame. Heaps, Kallunki and Pratt all had two-out RBIs in the inning.
The Wolverines added a run in the fifth on a sac-bunt from Pratt with runners at first and third, scoring Kallunki to make it 4-0.
Seattle made threats in the fourth and sixth but were unable to push any runs across the plate. In the fourth, with runners on the corners and one gone, a line drive to McWhorter at second turned into an inning-ending double play when he doubled up the runner at first.
The Wolverines escaped again the sixth, when Taylor Mangum entered with two on and one out and induced a 6-4-3 twin killing to end that inning. Mangum came on in relief of starter Preston Olson, who threw 5.1 scoreless innings, and allowed just three hits while striking out three.
Seattle came back again in the seventh with a pair of base hits and a walk to load the bases before Trent Oleszczuk was hit by a pitch to score the Redhawks' first run. Craig Brimhall then entered the game for UVU and got two big strikeouts after the bases remained full with no out. Doug Kincaid then provided the huge blow for Seattle when he lined a 2-2 pitch over the wall in right for a go-ahead grand slam, giving SU a 5-4 lead.
The Redhawks scored four more in the eighth when Oleszczuk was again hit by a pitch with the bases loaded before Nate Roberts capped the inning with a three-run double.
The Wolverines made a threat in the ninth, scoring three times — two on a Kallunki single — but fell short.
Kallunki had three hits and three batted in, and Burgess also added three hits. Pratt drove in two runs to finish with five RBIs over the doubleheader.
UVU will head to Tucson for a Tuesday midweek game at No. 5 Arizona. That game can be heard live on 960 AM the Zone with first pitch set for 5 p.m. MT.
Clint Burgi is the assistant athletic director for sports information at Utah Valley University. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit http://www.WolverineGreen.com
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