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OREM -- A season-high 21 hits helped Utah Valley University to a 15-2 win over Southern Utah University on Saturday afternoon at Brent Brown Ballpark. It was the fifth straight win for the Wolverines (12-11) and completed a three-game series sweep and a six-game season sweep of the T-Birds (6-20).
“I’m really proud of the way our guys came out and stayed focused all weekend. It’s tough to sweep a team in two series',” said UVU head coach Eric Madsen. “We didn’t really give Southern Utah a chance to gain much momentum and I think that was the difference.”
UVU scored in each of the first four innings to lead 7-0 early before pulling away late with eight runs in the seventh.
Sean Moysh had the team’s first five-hit day of the season and scored three times while Billy Burgess had a 4-for-5 afternoon and also scored three runs. Austin Heaps had three hits and two RBIs and Goose Kallunki and Kai Hatch both drove in three runs.
The Wolverines scored twice in the first on RBI singles from Heaps and Hatch and added single runs in the second and third with RBI singles from Jake Rickenbach and Cole Butcher.
Kallunki gave Utah Valley the 7-0 lead in the fourth, driving in all three of his runs with one swing of the bat on a towering home run down the line in left.
In the seventh, the Wolverines sent 12 hitters to the plate and collected six hits. Heaps had an RBI double in the frame before Hatch and Exon capped the scoring with two-out, two-run singles.
Adam Gunn improved to 3-3 after throwing six innings and striking out six. He allowed two runs on seven hits before Craig Brimhall, Chris Kerns and Josh Swenson each threw a scoreless inning. Justin Neubauer dropped to 3-2 after taking the loss for Southern Utah.
Saturday was the final meeting between the in-state rivals with Southern Utah announcing in January that it would discontinue its program following the 2012 season. Utah Valley finishes the rivalry with a 29-23 edge in 52 games all-time and with seven straight wins.
The Wolverines now turn their attention to No. 8 Arizona in what will be the first home game against a ranked foe in the program’s NCAA Division I era. The game is set for next Wednesday, April 4 at 6 p.m.
Following the game against the Pac-12’s Wildcats, UVU will begin Great West Conference play with a four-game series against North Dakota on Thursday.
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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