CHICAGO — Jordy Hart's bases-clearing double broke a 7-7 tie and helped Utah Valley University to its 15th-straight win in a doubleheader sweep, 13-2 and 15-8, over Chicago State University on Saturday.
The 15 victories matches a school-record for consecutive wins.
Hart foul tipped a ball into his nose earlier in the game and, after receiving treatment, came back and singled in the same at bat before his go-ahead hit spurred a late rally.
Hart's double in the seventh drove home three runs, gave the Wolverines (22-11, 8-0 in GWC) a 10-7 lead and helped UVU sweep four games from the Cougars in Great West Conference action.
"I was really pleased with the way the guys swung the bat all series," said head coach Eric Madsen. "Our guys are focused on winning every time we take the field. We definitely need to keep that with a big series coming next weekend."
That big series will come next week when UVU returns home for a four-game battle with Texas-Pan American starting Thursday at Brent Brown Ballpark. The Broncs are also undefeated in Great West play.
Saturday, the Wolverines pounded out 24 hits in the finale after a 17-hit effort in the opening game, a seven-inning contest that ended via the 10-run rule.
In the first game of the twin bill, the Wolverines got a home run in the first inning for the third straight game when Billy Burgess' three-run homer to center got things started.
UVU scored six times in the first and added three in the second to lead 9-0 after just two innings. Kai Hatch's triple in the fifth brought home two more runs and extended the lead to 12-0. A Sean Moysh double in the sixth gave UVU a 13-0 lead before Chicago State added two runs in the seventh for the final 13-2 tally.
The top three hitters in the order — Rickenbach, Moysh and Burgess — each had three hits while Adam Gunn threw five scoreless innings to pick up his fifth win of the year.
The Cougars took an early lead in Game 2 with a run in the first and stretched it to 5-1 after a four-run third. Aveeno Nasiloski's two-run double plated two in the inning.
Rickenbach homered — a two-run blast to left center — and Burgess doubled home Moysh in the fifth to get UVU within a run, but William Hill answered with a solo shot to left in the bottom of the inning to make it 6-4 through five.
Rickenbach delivered again the sixth with a two-run single, tying the game at 6-6, but again CSU answered with a single run to regain the lead, 7-6, after six innings.
Austin Heaps led off the seventh with a double and came home to score the tying run when Hatch dribbled a seeing-eye single past short. Three batters later, Hart delivered his big blow to put Utah Valley ahead for good.
The Wolverines added two more in the eighth, getting back-to-back doubles from Taylor Berg and Willie Pratt, to make it a 12-7 game. Hatch homered in the ninth — a two-run shot down the left-field line — before Berg had another double and later scored the 15th and final run.Comment on this story
In addition to Berg, who had a four-hit game, five other players each had three hits: Moysh, Burgess, Kallunki, Hatch and Hart.
Rickenbach drove in four runs.
Albert Carpen and Ryan Malhotra had three hits apiece to lead Chicago State.
Jeremy Gendlek (6-3), in his first relief appearance of the season, got the win and has now won six straight decisions including two this week.
In the four-game series, Utah Valley batted .488, scored 65 runs on 81 hits — including 20 doubles — and slugged .777 as a team. Moysh had 14 hits in the series, with at least three in each game, and batted .636.
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