UVU baseball: Wolverines stretch winning streak to 23 games by beating NJIT
Clint Burgi/UVU Athletics
OREM — Utah Valley University pushed its win streak to 23 games by completing a four-game sweep of NJIT, 11-7, on Saturday afternoon at Brent Brown Ballpark. The Wolverines (30-11) clinched their third straight 30-win season and remained perfect in Great West Conference play at 16-0.
Jake Rickenbach extended his hit streak to 24 games to match Chris Benson’s school record and Billy Burgess went 4 for 6 with three doubles on a 16-hit day for UVU.
“It kind of seemed like we went through the motions a little today and that was disappointing,” said UVU head coach Eric Madsen. “We did get off to a good start though and one thing we did well this weekend was when they scored, we answered.”
The Highlanders (17-19, 9-7) scored five runs over their final two at-bats to close the gap, but Justin Campbell came in with the bases loaded in the ninth and finished off the game to record his first save. Campbell, who has missed most of the season due to injury, made two appearances during the series and retired all six batters he faced.
Earlier in the second, Kai Hatch led off with a double and came in to score on a base hit by Alex Exon. Exon later scored in the inning when Rickenbach doubled with two outs.
Goose Kallunki, who began the day first in the country in runs batted, upped his total to 60 with a single in the third to drive home Burgess, who doubled to lead off the frame.
NJIT committed five errors on the day, four of which came in a decisive fourth inning that netted the Wolverines five runs. UVU walked three times in the inning and had three others reach on errors. Austin Heaps, Hatch and Exon each had RBIs in the fourth.
Burgess doubled for the second time in the fifth and scored on a base hit by Heaps. His third double came in the eighth and brought home Sean Moysh, who also had an RBI when he reached on a fielder’s choice that plated Willie Pratt.
Heaps and Exon both finished with two RBIs with six of the nine Wolverine starters having multi-hit days. For NJIT, Mike Rampone had two hits including a home run.
Up next, Utah Valley will host BYU on Tuesday night with first pitch set for 6 p.m. before getting back into GWC play with a four-game set at Houston Baptist starting Friday.
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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