OREM — Utah Valley extended the nation's longest winning streak to 20 games behind a combined one-hitter, 14-0, over NJIT in Great West Conference action on Thursday at Brent Brown Ballpark.
"We had great focus and got a great start from Adam, who was dominant for us tonight," said head coach Eric Madsen. "We have lot of pride in what we're doing and are intent on not throwing away at-bats. I'm really proud of the way we went about things today."
Jake Rickenbach doubled to begin the bottom of the first to extend his hitting streak to 21 games. Rickenbach came in to score on a two-out single by Goose Kallunki. The Wolverines (27-11, 13-0 GWC) have scored in the first inning in five straight games and held that 1-0 advantage until a big third inning blew the game open.
UVU sent 13 batters to the plate and got six hits on its way to scoring six runs in the frame, highlighted by second basemen Willie Pratt's two-out, RBI triple. By the time the dust had settled after the third, UVU held a 7-0 lead.
The margin was more than enough for Gunn (7-3) who dominated on the hill, striking out four and walking just one. NJIT's (17-16, 9-4) only hit against the righty came in the top of the second when Pratt made a diving stop to his left at second base, but couldn't beat DJ Roche to the bag with the throw.
Gunn has now thrown 24.1 consecutive innings of shutout baseball, dating back to March 31 against Southern Utah.
The Wolverines would add three more runs in the fifth, then tack on four more in the sixth behind Pratt's two-run homer over the right field wall. The four runs pushed the lead to 14-0, giving UVU its third consecutive victory via the 10-run rule.
Rickenbach was 3-for-3 in the game with two walks and four runs scored. He has now reached base in 12 straight plate appearances.
Pratt turned in a big ballgame, going 2-for-3 with a home run, a triple and three RBIs. Sean Moysh went 2-for-2 with three runs scored and an RBI, while Kallunki put up a 2-for-4 night with three more RBIs, upping his season total to 54.
UVU's 16-hit day upped its nation-leading batting average to .346.
The Wolverines and Highlanders go at it again on Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m. The final game of the four-game series has been moved up to 11 a.m. on Saturday.
Kellen Hiser is sports information assistant at Utah Valley University. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.