Jordy Hart went 5-for-5 with a three-run home run and five RBIs as Utah Valley University won the finale of a three-game series at Long Beach State, 13-8, on Sunday afternoon. The Wolverines (4-11) had season highs in runs and hits (16) in avoiding a series sweep against the Dirtbags (8-7).
Hart led off the game with a single and scored on a Sean Moysh triple during a three-run first inning for UVU. Moysh and Seth Rhineer scored on a double by Craig Brinkerhoff, who had three hits on the day.
Leading 3-1 entering the fifth, the Wolverines broke the game open with a six-run inning. Utah Valley sent 11 hitters to the plate in the inning and took advantage of three walks and a hit batter. The Wolverines had four hits in the frame, with Hart and Mark Krueger, who had two singles in the fifth, each delivering two-run singles.
Long Beach State answered with four runs in the bottom half of the inning. Alex DeGoti had a two-run single in the fifth as part of a three-RBI day for second baseman.
In the sixth, Brinkerhoff led of for UVU with his second double of the day and after a base hit by Kade Andrus, scored on an RBI single by Greyson Bogden. Hart followed Bogden with his home run, a towering shot over the 345-foot wall in left. That home run gave Utah Valley a 13-5 lead.
The Dirtbags got two more in the seventh and one in the eighth, but freshman Patrick Wolfe came in an got the final four outs in order to finish off the game.
Danny Beddes (1-1) pitched five innings and picked up the win. Beddes allowed three runs on five hits in five innings on the mound. Jason Alexander (0-2) took the loss for Long Beach State. Richard Prigatano had three of the 12 LBSU hits. For UVU, six of the 16 hits went for extra bases.
Hart, who also walked to reach base six times in six plate appearances on the afternoon, is the first Utah Valley player to collect five hits in a game since the 2012 season and is the first player since March of 2013 to drive in five runs.
Utah Valley will wrap up a stretch of 16 straight road games to open the season on Monday at 2 p.m. PT against Cal State Northridge.
Clint Burgi is the assistant athletic director for sports information at Utah Valley University. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.