Danny Beddes tossed a four-hit shutout, helping Utah Valley University to a 6-0 win over WAC-leading Sacramento State on Saturday at John Smith Field. The Wolverines (15-22, 8-7) scored five runs in the third inning en route to salvaging the series finale and avoiding a sweep.
For the second week in a row, the Wolverines relied on Beddes to avoid the sweep, and for the second straight week the sophomore delivered, stifling the WAC’s top hitting team in his first career complete game. The Hornets dropped to 24-15 and 12-3 in the WAC.
“What a performance for Danny and at a time we really needed it. I’m very happy for him,” head coach Eric Madsen said. “The runs in that third inning were big too and allowed him to pitch with some breathing room and he just kept gaining confidence.”
The complete game shutout is the Wolverines’ first since May 12, 2012, when Preston Olson struck out 16 hitters in an 8-inning win at New York Tech. It’s UVU’s first nine-inning, complete-game shutout since Jeremy Gendlek did it, also at Sac State, on March 25, 2011.
Jordy Hart went 3-for-5, while Riley White and Cam Zollinger had two hits apiece. Nathan Lukes had two of the Hornets’ four hits.
The third inning started with a walk to Kade Andrus, who moved to second on a wild pitch and then to third on a sacrifice from Greyson Bogden. Cam Zollinger singled home Andrus, giving Utah Valley its first run of the series and breaking an 18-inning scoreless streak.
Hart singled and Seth Rhineer followed him and was hit by pitch to load the bases for Mark Krueger. Krueger singled to drive in a run to give UVU a 2-0 lead and move everybody up 90 feet. The third run in the inning came in when Sean Moysh grounded to first and the throw home pulled the catcher off the plate. White drove in a run on an infield single, scoring Rhineer from third. Moysh also came in on the play when an errant throw from second was wide of first, giving UVU the 5-0 lead.
Utah Valley added a run in the fourth on an RBI single by Moysh that scored Zollinger, who singled with one out.
Beddes improved to 3-3 with the win, while Jared Paderez (1-3) took the loss for Sac State.
Utah Valley will play its next five games at home starting Tuesday against Utah at 6 p.m. The Wolverines host Northern Colorado in a weekend WAC series that begins Friday before playing their final in-state contest on Tuesday, April 29, against BYU.
Clint Burgi is the assistant athletic director for sports information at Utah Valley University. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.