NEWARK, N.J. — Adam Gunn pitched seven shutout innings and Utah Valley University got some timely hitting to open the Great West Conference season with 3-1 win at NJIT on Friday.
Gunn struck out seven and allowed only three hits to pick up the win while a pair of two-out rallies — both involving freshman Greyson Bogden — aided in ending a six-game skid for UVU (10-17, 1-0). The victory also extended the Wolverines' Great West regular-season winning streak to 30.
"Adam pitched great and stayed out of trouble. He commanded the zone and we made nice defensive plays behind him too," head coach Eric Madsen said. "I thought a lot of guys made nice adjustments at the plate today. (Tripp) Davis is a great arm and I thought did a lot of good things offensively."
Locked in a pitcher's duel between Gunn and Davis, the game was scoreless until the sixth. With two outs and nobody on, Riley White tripled to the wall in right center and then came in when Bogden singled to right for the first run on of the game.
Then, with two outs in the eighth, Bogden doubled down the line in left and scored on a base hit by Beau Kallas, his second single of the day. Kallas' RBI gave the Wolverines a 2-0 lead and proved large when Mike Rampone hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning for the Highlanders (8-15, 0-1).
Taylor Berg gave Utah Valley that insurance run back in the top of the ninth, with a solo shot into the corner in left.
Jeff Peterson singled off Jeff Barto to lead off the ninth, bringing the tying run to the plate. But Barto induced Tyler Kapp into a 6-4-3 double-play, one of three twin killings on the day for the UVU defense, before Scott Brosman grounded out to Bogden at third to end the game. Barto earned his second save of the season.
Davis, who took the tough-luck loss for the Highlanders, retired the first 10 hitters of the game and struck out five straight at one point. He pitched to the minimum through five and allowed two runs on eight hits while striking out eight in 8.0 innings.
In addition to two-hit days from Bogden and Kallas, Kade Andrus also had two hits on a day the Wolverines out-hit NJIT 8-5.
The series continues Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. MT.
Clint Burgi is the assistant athletic director for sports information at Utah Valley University. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.