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UVU, NYIT, and UNC Sweep Saturday's Doubleheaders while HBU and NJIT Split

GWC Baseball Featured Saturday Doubleheaders

GWC Baseball Featured Saturday Doubleheaders

April 11, 2010

NAPERVILLE, Ill. - The Great West Conference baseball season continued play on Saturday with four doubleheaders scheduled as Utah Valley, NYIT and Northern Colorado all collecting sweeps while Houston Baptist and NJIT split their twin bill.

Utah Valley 10, North Dakota 6 (Game one) Utah Valley 15, North Dakota 9 (Game two) OREM, Utah -- Utah Valley stayed perfect in Great West Conference play with a doubleheader sweep of North Dakota, 10-6 and 15-9, on Saturday at Brent Brown Ballpark.

The win moves the Wolverines to 13-12 overall and 3-0 in conference and is the baseball program's best 25-game start in the school's seven-year NCAA Division I history.

Holding a slim 3-2 lead late in the first game, Billy Burgess continued his remarkable success with the bases loaded, belting his fourth career grand slam in the sixth inning of the seven-inning contest. The home run gave UVU an 8-2 lead and three batters later Goose Kallunki added a two-run blast to make it a seven-run inning.

The Fighting Sioux (4-18, 0-3) added four runs in the top of the seventh, making Burgess' slam the difference in the game.

UVU's Blake Krahenbuhl (3-1) got the win after tossing 6.1 innings. Thru six his only blemish was a first-inning two-run home run by UND's Josh Ray before the freshman pitcher blanked the Sioux over the next five frames. Burgess finished with five RBI in the game while McWhorter and Rickenbach both scored twice.

UVU's Chris Benson was 1-for-4 in the game before going 3-for-5 second game, pushing his hitting streak to 23 games, tying his own school record.

Benson had an RBI single as part of a seven-run third inning in the second game of the twin bill. Austin Heaps had a two-run double before Kevin Arensde singled home a run and Kallunki capped the big inning with his second home run of the day.

All seven runs in the inning were unearned after two Sioux errors extended the inning.

North Dakota got four of the runs back in the fourth, two coming on a Jake Magner long ball. Magner finished the second game with four hits and six runs batted in. The Wolverines came right back and answered all four runs in the bottom of the inning. Rickenbach started it with a solo shot to left-center before Burgess struck again with a three-run homer to right, giving him eight RBI over the doubleheader.

UVU's Ryan Chadwick got the win after allowing three runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings out of the bullpen. UVU finished with 17 hits with both Arendse and Kallunki finishing with three hits along with Benson. Kallunki drove in three in the game and five over the course of the doubleheader.

Also in the game, the Wolverines tied a school record with five double plays including one in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.

NYIT 6, Chicago State 2 (Game one) NYIT 14, Chicago State 8 (Game two) Old Westbury, N.Y. -- NYIT' Sebastian Grazziani went 4-for-6 with two homeruns, six RBI and two runs scored to help lead the NYIT Bears to a double header sweep of Chicago State on Saturday action at President's Field. Senior Andrew Guarassi threw a complete game two hitter in the opener, striking out a season-high 12 batters over seven innings to lead the Bears to a 6-2 victory.

Guarassi was stellar, allowing just one hit over the final six frames. With the sweep the Bears improve to 7-12 on the season and 3-0 in the conference, while Chicago State drops to 1-21 and 0-3 in the league.

In game one, Chicago State took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Guarassi walked the leadoff batter and allowed a two run homer to Christian Prince.

The Bears came right back in similar fashion in the bottom half of the frame. Ali Rodriguez led off with an infield single and Brian Smith connected for his third home run of the season, a two run shot to right-center field to tie the score at 2-all.

Guarassi settled down and retired the next seven batters, including five in a row on strikeouts and the Bears grabbed a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the second on a Grazziani RBI single to left field that scored sophomore Steve McNamara. NYIT tacked on another run in the third before Grazziani increased the lead to 6-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning, driving a two run homerun, his third of the season, over the right field fence.

Grazziani finished the game 2-2 with three RBI and a run scored, and Brian Smith went 2-3 with two RBI and two runs scored.

Chicago State used the home run ball to jump out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning of game two, as Miguel Camacho connected on his second homerun of the series, a solo shot to right field.

Grazziani continued is impressive afternoon, and kick started a four run rally for the Bears, tying the game 1-1 in the bottom of the second with his second homerun of the day. The Bears took advantage of two Chicago State errors in the inning and got RBI singles from Valdez and Christian Dienna.

The Cougars responded with a run in the fourth and put up five runs in the top of the fifth inning to grab their first lead of the day, 7-4.

NYIT's Effrey Valdez led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a solo homerun, his fourth of the year, Dienna came home on a McNamara sacrifice fly and senior Greg Gilroy's double down the left field line scored Brian Smith to tie the score at 7-7.

The Bears put up six runs in the sixth inning, getting an RBI single from Gilroy and a two RBI single from Grazziani to build a commanding 13-8 lead. NYIT tacked on a single run in the eighth to provide the final score.

NYIT's Matt McDevitt allowed just two hits over the final three innings to earn his first win of the season in relief.

Northern Colorado 10, Texas-Pan American 3 (Game one) Northern Colorado 10, Texas-Pan American 4 (Game two)

EDINBURG, Texas - The starting pitching was again stellar for the Northern Colorado baseball team, as was the team's offense as the Bears won a doubleheader at Texas-Pan American on Saturday. The Bears won 10-3 in the seven-inning first game and won 10-4 in the second game which was a typical nine-inning affair. With the two wins the Bears are 3-0 in Great West Conference action.

Game One UNC's Joe Willman (3-3) threw a complete game victory for the second time this season, allowing just three runs on nine hits, walking two and striking out three. He also allowed just two extra base hits, both doubles, as seven of the nine were singles.

Raudenbush went 4-for-4 in the first game with a career-best seven RBI, bettering his previous total of five from May 3, 2009 against Utah Valley.

Neither team scored in the first three innings of the game, but the Bears scored three runs in the fourth and three runs in the fifth for the 6-0 lead. With one out in the fourth, Berge was hit by a pitch, senior Seth Budde singled, junior Kyle Hardman was also plunked and Raudenbush hit a bases clearing double down the left field line.

Sophomore Tony Crudo led off the fifth with a single up the middle, was sacrificed to second by senior Tyler Borzileri and scored on a single by sophomore Jarod Berggren. Berge followed with the third single of the frame, Hardman walked to load the bases and Raudenbush came through again with a single up the middle for two more RBI.

In bottom of the fifth, Willman walked the leadoff, but got the next two batters to fly out. A double off the wall by Elliott put Bronc runners on second and third. Billy Donaho singled to score one, but a heads up play by Hardman caught Elliott off the bag at third to end the inning.

Crudo doubled to lead off the sixth. UTPA made a pitching change in the middle of Borzileri's at bat and he grounded out but advanced Crudo to third in the process. Crudo scored when Berggren hit a fly ball to right field and Carnell misplayed it for a two-base error. Berggren then scored on a triple to center off the bat of Berge. Budde walked and Hardman was robbed of a hit by a diving catch by second baseman Ryan Vest. Raudenbush continued to have the hot bat driving in two more runs on a single to left field giving the Bears a 10-1 lead.

The Broncs scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh, but it wasn't enough as Willman picks up his second complete game victory of the year.

Kyle Kotchie takes the loss for UTPA to go to 1-3 on the year. He threw four innings, while Chang pitched one and Green the final two. Each pitcher gave up at least one earned run.

Game Two Senior left-hander James Quisenberry pitched eight solid innings for the longest outing of his career. He surrendered just two runs on eight hits and tied his career-best with six strikeouts.

Hardman hit a two-run home run off the foul pole in left field to help UNC build an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. It was Hardman's fifth home run of the year.

Shannon tripled with one out in the second and scored on a sacrifice fly for Berggren for the 4-0 advantage.

Budde hit the gap in right center for a double to lead off the third. Hardman singled to left to score Budde and Raudenbush singled for the third straight hit in the frame. Sophomore Adrian Schenk grounded into a double play but it plated Hardman and then freshman Tyler Wallace hit his third home run of the year just inside the left field foul pole, forcing the Broncs into going to the bullpen.

Quisenberry again retired the side in order in the third, keeping the score at 7-0. In the fourth, UTPA had three straight hits to start the inning to plate one. One more scored when the Bears turned a 4-6-3 double play for the 7-2 tally.

With two outs in the sixth inning Berggren walked, moved to second on a balk, Berge singled to right field and Berggren came around to score.

Mike Raudenbush had a career day for Northern Colorado, going 7-for-8 in the doubleheader with seven RBI and one double.

Houston Baptist 14, NJIT 3 (Game one) NJIT 7, Houston Baptist 5 (Game two) HOUSTON - Houston Baptist launched an 18-hit assault to cruise past NJIT, 14-3, in the first game, but the Huskies allowed the Highlanders to rally for three runs in the eighth inning of the second game to claim a split of the doubleheader, 7-5.

Paul Prestera extended his hitting streak to 14 games, collecting a pair of singles in the first game and a single in the second for HBU (12-15, 2-1 GWC

In the first game, every Husky had a hit, with sophomore designated hitter Robbie Buller leading the way, going 4-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Prestera was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored, senior shortstop Zeke Zikeli was 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, two RBIs and a run and senior catcher Johnathon Moore was 2-for-5 with a double, four RBIs and two runs. Junior first baseman Chase Hernandez extended his hitting streak to nine games, going 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and a run, while sophomore rightfielder Kolby Arnst went 2-for-5 with his first home run of the season, three RBIs and a run and senior second baseman Derek Smith went 2-for-2 with a double, a triple, an RBI and three runs.

John Berner and Marc Prager had two hits each for NJIT (5-22, 1-2 GWC).

Michael Schulle (2-3) went the distance for the Huskies, allowing three runs on seven hits and striking out four in the seven-inning contest. NJIT's Mark Leiter Jr. (1-5) took the loss, giving up nine runs, six earned, on nine hits in three innings. The Huskies struck in the bottom of the first when Prestera reached on an error, stole second and scored on Zikeli's triple. After NJIT tied the game in the second on Prager's RBI single in the second, the Huskies answered with four in the bottom of the frame. Smith drilled a one-out triple to center and scored on what should have been a flyball out by Prestera, but was dropped by the centerfielder. Zikeli was hit by a pitch, and Moore followed with a two-run single up the middle. Moore scored when Hernandez reached on a fielder's choice.

NJIT cut the lead to 5-3 in the third on Bleakley's RBI single to right-center and Berner's sacrifice fly to center, but HBU once again put a four-spot on the board in the bottom of the inning. Freshman leftfielder Jake Gonzalez drew a one-out walk, Smith doubled and Prestera reached on an infield single that scored Gonzalez. Moore then blasted a two-run double off the wall in center, and Hernandez added an RBI single to left to put the Huskies up 9-3.

HBU added run in the fourth, as freshman third baseman Josh Gonzales led off with a double down the leftfield line and scored on Smith's sacrifice fly, and the Huskies put the game out of reach with four more in the fifth, highlighted by Arnst's three-run blast to left.

In the second game, Zikeli and junior first baseman had three hits and scored two runs each, and Arnst went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI for the Huskies. Matt Petrone went 2-for-5 with two runs for the Highlanders, while Teddy Bickert, Bryan Bleakley and Marc Prager had two hits and an RBI each.

Tripp Davis (2-3) claimed the victory, allowing five runs on 10 hits in 7 1/3 innings, while D.J. Roche picked up his first save, holding the Huskies to one hit over the final 1 2/3. Junior Jamie Storey (2-4) took the loss, allowing six runs, four earned, on seven hits in 7 1/3 innings.

The Huskies led 2-0 after four, as junior lefthander held the Highlanders hitless to that point. Junior first baseman Beau Warren led off the second with a single and scored on Smith's RBI single and Zikeli led off the third with a triple and scored when Buller grounded into a double play.

NJIT finally got to Storey in the fifth as James D'Aloia reached on an error and Prager followed with the Highlanders' first hit of the game, a single into left. Vincent Del Vecchio doubled down the leftfield line to plate a run, and Jeffrey Pizzi grounded out to first to tie the game, 2-2.

The Huskies answered back with three runs in the fifth. Prestera singled to left and Zikeli laid down a bunt single in between the pitcher and first base. After both runners advanced on a groundout, Prestera scored on Buller's groundout, Zikeli scored on Warren's single up the middle and Warren scored on Arnst's double to left-center.

NJIT came back with a run in the sixth, with Petrone reaching on an infield single and scoring on Bleakley's single to right. The Highlanders rallied for three more in the eighth as Matt Tomcyk led off with a solo home run to left. Bickert and Bleakley singled to knock Storey from the game, and D'Aloia smacked an RBI single to right and Prager singled off the foot of reliever Tyler McCarty to give the Highlanders a 6-5 lead. NJIT added an insurance run in the ninth when Petrone singled, stole second and scored on Bickert's single to left.