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HBU, UTPA and UVU Complete Opening GWC Series Sweeps on Sunday

HBU rallied from 8-0 deficit to get 9-8 win over North Dakota

HBU rallied from 8-0 deficit to get 9-8 win over North Dakota

April 10, 2011

Houston Baptist rallied from an 8-0 deficit to complete series sweep of North Dakota, while Texas-Pan American and Utah Valley needed extra innings to sweep their series with Chicago State and NJIT, respectively, Sunday afternoon. NYIT also got a win on Sunday to even its series with Northern Colorado as the GWC's 2011 opening series are in the books.

Houston Baptist 9, North Dakota 8

HOUSTON, Texas -- North Dakota jumped out to an 8-0 lead over the first three innings, but Houston Baptist freshman righthander Kobie Hajdik came in out of the bullpen to shut down the Fighting Sioux, and the Huskies rallied for six runs in the seventh and three more in the ninth for a 9-8 walkoff win to sweep the Great West Conference opening series Sunday afternoon at Husky Field.

Jake Gonzalez went 3-for-5 with three RBI, including the game-winning single in the ninth for the Huskies (6-22, 4-0 GWC). Collin Hetzler went 3-for-4 with a double and drove in the tying run with a two-run single in the ninth. Beau Warren went 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Kolby Arnst went 2-for-4 with a double. David Pfuntner and Asai Adame each scored a pair of runs.

Hajdik (1-1) shut out North Dakota on five hits and struck out three over the final 6.2 innings to earn his first career victory. North Dakota lefthander David Spies held the Huskies scoreless and scattered five hits over the first six innings, but allowed six runs without recording an out in the seventh. Derek Biermaier (0-2) took the loss for UND.

Ryan Gerber, Jake Magner and Josh Ray each had two hits, two RBI and a run scored for North Dakota (1-18, 0-4), while Craig Dolmage, Zack Trygstad and Daniel Ross each went 2-for-5. Andy Sadler and Daniel Worb scored a pair of runs for the Fighting Sioux.

With North Dakota hanging on to an 8-6 lead going into the bottom of the ninth, Corey Hail delivered a pinch-hit single up the middle and J.P. Seipel pinch ran. Adame and Pfuntner drew back-to-back walks to load the bases, and Hetler dropped a bloop single down the leftfield line to tie the game. Robbie Buller walked to once again load the bases, and Gonzalez smashed the first pitch he saw into left field to bring Pfuntner home with the winning run.

Trailing 8-0, the Huskies sprung to life in the seventh as Luke Clements led off with a double down the leftfield line and came home on Adame's single up the middle. Pfuntner reached on an error, Hetzler walked to load the bases and Buller lifted an RBI bloop single behind second base. Gonzalez's two-run single to left cut the deficit in half, and Warren's two-run single to left made North Dakota's lead 8-6. Kalina bunted the runners into scoring position and HBU loaded the bases with one out, but couldn't continue the rally.

Sadler reached on an error to lead off the game for North Dakota, advanced to second on a wild pitch and Magner's single put runners on the corners. Ray cleared the bases with a double to leftcenter, then scored on Trygstad's single through the right side to give the Fighting Sioux a 3-0 lead.

North Dakota added two more in the second as Worb drew a leadoff walk, Gerber singled to right and Magner brought them home with a double to the gap in leftcenter. In the third, Ross singled with one out and Worb reached on an error as he was sacrificing Ross to second. Sadler singled to center and Ross scored on a throwing error on the play and Nikonchik left the game. Gerber's two-run single off Hajdik gave the Fighting Sioux an 8-0 lead, but did not put together a serious scoring threat the rest of the way.

Texas-Pan American 16, Chicago State 15

EDINBURG, Texas -- Texas-Pan American completed the sweep of the Chicago State with a 16-15 victory in extra innings Sunday afternoon at Edinburg Baseball Stadium.

The Broncs (13-10, 4-0 GWC) got on the board in the bottom of the first against Albert Carpen. Alex Carnall led off with a walk and then Brandon Roush followed with another walk. Angel Ibanez then followed with an RBI single scoring Carnall giving the Broncs the 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the second, Adrian De La Rosa extended UTPA's lead with an RBI single to right center field that allowed Jason Webb to score from second making it 2-0.

Chicago State (4-21, 0-4 GWC) tied the game at two in the top of the third with a two-run home run by Weston Lewis.

A fielding error to start the bottom of the third allowed Ibanez to reach and then another error allowed him to move to third base. Two outs later, Stuart MacInnes hit an RBI single to left field scoring Ibanez from third. Webb followed with a single putting runners at first and third. The third error of the inning allowed MacInnes to score and Webb to move up to third. Roger Bernal then hit an RBI single scoring Webb from third extending the Broncs lead to 5-2.

CSU's Miguel Camacho led off the top of the fourth with a walk and then moved to third on a single by William Hill. A throwing error allowed Camacho to score cutting UTPA's lead to 5-3.

The first three hitters of the bottom of the fourth reached against Carpen and then Vincent Mejia walked with the bases loaded driving in Carnall from third. Mike McCarthy then hit a two-run single scoring Roush and Ibanez from second and third. MacInnes then followed with an RBI single that allowed Mejia to score extending the Broncs lead 9-3.

A two-run triple by Camacho in the top of the fifth inning that scored Lewis and Jonathan Carpen cut the Broncs lead down to 9-5.

The Broncs responded in the bottom half of the fifth by scoring five runs on five hits. Ibanez, MacInnes, and Webb highlighted the inning with RBI singles and at the end of the fifth the Broncs led 14-5.

In the bottom of the sixth, Webb led off with a single and then came into score on an RBI double by MacInnes giving the Broncs the 15-5 advantage.

The Cougars then responded with 10 unanswered runs where they scored four in the seventh, two in the eighth, and four in the ninth tying the game at 15.

In the seventh, Gavin Trevino drew a walk that scored Shane McGarahan for the first of the Cougar's four runs of the inning. Ryan Malhotra then hit a single that scored Jack Bobillo and Jeremy Lagania. Michael Carpen then singled to center field to score Trevino, making the score 14-9.

The top of the eighth saw Chicago State score two more runs on a Bobillo double that scored Tony Sanchez and Jonathan Carpen.

After holding the Broncs scoreless again in the bottom of the ninth, the Cougars would get three more hits that scored what would be their last four runs. Weston Lewis drove in Michael Carpen, who had reached base on an error, with a double to left field. He would then score on a Jonathan Carpen single to left field. Lagania would then single to left for two RBI, scoring McGarahan and Jonathan Carpen.

Guadalupe Barrera would come in to pitch for the Broncs in the top of the 10th and retire the three batters.

In the bottom of the 10th, Roush hit a one-out single and then came around to score the game-winning run on Mejia's RBI double giving the Broncs the 16-15 victory.

Barrera picked up the win after pitching the scoreless 10th for his first win of the season.

Utah Valley 8, NJIT 3

NEWARK, New Jersey -- For the third straight game Utah Valley and NJIT played extra innings and for the third time in a row the Wolverines prevailed, 8-3 in 14 innings on Sunday afternoon.

The teams played 48 innings over three days; 23 during a doubleheader on Friday night - including the first 14-inning game - and 11 on Saturday before Sunday's finale. The win gives UVU (11-17, 4-0) a four-game sweep in the Great West Conference series and the 14 innings matches Friday's game as the most innings played in school history.

The Wolverines scored five times and sent 10 batters to the plate in the 14th. Billy Burgess led off and was hit by a pitch. After a sac-bunt and an error allowed Kirk Doxey to reach, Cole McWhorter sacrificed both runners over.

Chris Benson was intentionally walked to load the bases before Austin Heaps walked on four pitches to bring in Burgess for the go-ahead run Goose Kallunki, Alex Exon and Austin Haws also had runs batted in during the inning.

The Wolverines trailed 3-0 until the eighth behind a big starting performance from Tripp Davis. Davis tied a school-record for the Highlanders (5-19, 0-4 GWC) with 13 strikeouts over eight innings, matching Mark Leiter Jr's record that was set in Friday's 14-inning game.

The Highlanders had built their 3-0 lead with single runs in the first, third and sixth innings.

Matt Tomczyk led off the first with a single and was bunted over to second base. Matt Weckerle singled to move Tomczyk ahead to third, where he scored on the first of two UVU errors on the day.

The NJIT senior got things started again in the third inning on a leadoff single and moved up on another sac bunt. DJ Roche doubled to make it 2-0, Highlanders.

Peterson singled to open the sixth for the Highlanders and advanced on a wild pitch. Caiola bunted him to third and he scored on a sacrifice fly by Del Vecchio.

In the eighth, Doxey led off with a base hit before McWhorter was able to reach on an error to put runners at first and second. Three batters later, with the bases full, Kallunki line the ball into the corner in right, scoring all three runs and tying the game at 3-3.

For NJIT, leadoff man Tomczyk had three hits. He led off the 10th inning with a double, but was one of three runners left on base in an inning that included bases loaded and one out.

Jeff Peterson and Vincent Del Vecchio added two hits apiece for NJIT. Each of their second hits came in the 13th inning. With one out, Peterson singled and advanced to second when the next batter, Anthony Caiola, reached base on Utah Valley's second error of the day. Del Vecchio singled to left field, but Peterson was out at the plate trying to score the winning run, when Doxey, who fielded Del Vecchio's single coming in toward the infield and threw on target.

Utah Valley got three solid pitching performances on the day; Ty Hansen lasted six innings and allowed the three NJIT runs before Kyle Beecher threw 5.0 scoreless innings and Ryan Chadwick, who got the win, threw the final three frames.

Benson and Hatch both had three hits for UVU with Exon adding two. The Wolverines were aided by five NJIT errors on the day.

Utah Valley got three solid pitching performances on the day; Ty Hansen lasted six innings and allowed the three NJIT runs before Kyle Beecher threw 5.0 scoreless innings and Ryan Chadwick, who got the win, threw the final three frames.

Benson and Hatch both had three hits for UVU with Exon adding two. The Wolverines were aided by five NJIT errors on the day.

NYIT 9, Northern Colorado 6

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. -- Sebastian Grazziani hit an RBI double through the left side to plate the game-winning run as NYIT defeated Northern Colorado 9-6. Eric Cos scored the run after getting on with a leadoff walk. With the win, the battle of the Bears was split 2-2.

Grazziani went 2-for-4 for NYIT (6-17, 2-2 GWC). Grazziani is also credited with two RBI. Effrey Valdez pushed his career hits total and the school's all-time tally to 272 and counting.

The battle on the mound went to Robert Loftus who tossed one inning of one hit relief, The save was earned by J.C. Costa. He pitched two-thirds of a shutout inning with one strikeout. The no-decision went to starter Tom Cardona who tossed 7.1 innings and struck out seven. All six of Northern Colorado's runs were credited to him. The loss went to NC reliever Kevin Willman (0-1).

Both teams scored in the first inning and the game remained tied 1-1 until the fourth when NYIT exploded for four runs. After Northern Colorado took a 2-1 edge in the top of the inning after singles by T.J. Berge, Casey Coy and Jarod Berggren, the Bears rallied for four. Valdez was pitched a leadoff walk and then advanced to third on a Jerry Smith double to right center. Valdez scored the equalizing run on a Dane Hardy single to left field. The following run was scored by Smith on a Northern Colorado throwing error.

Cos then scored his first run of the game on a Sebastian Grazziani double to right center. The tandem would pair up again in the eighth to provide the game-winner. The rally came to a close as George Carroll singled through the left side to drive home Grazziani. NYIT led 5-2.

The NYIT Bears made it a 6-2 game in the fifth as Valdez went yard for the third time in the series, and the fourth of the season.

Yet, the visiting Bears did not back down and fought for a run in the sixth when Berggren scored Berge on a single, and three in the eighth to tie the game 6-6. With one out, Ben Packard, Coy and Berggren all singled. Matt Jones, pinch hitting for Lambert, was hit and Valenzuela walked to score Coy. Berggren also scored on a fielder's choice Hilker hit into to knot the score.

NYIT prevailed with three runs in the bottom of the eighth for the victory. After Cos scored the game-winner off a Grazziani double, the junior third baseman was then driven home for the insurance run on a sacrifice fly by Carroll. With two outs on the board, Ali Rodriguez homered to left field for the final score 9-6. It was his first of the season.

NC's Jarod Berggren went 3-for-5 in the game with three RBI. Berge, Packard and Coy also each had two hits on the afternoon for Northern Colorado (5-23, 2-2 GWC).

Northern Colorado scored its six runs on 13 hits, while NYIT scored nine runs on 11 hits.

Chris Carlberg pitched 3.1 innings in a no decision for Northern Colorado. He allowed four earned runs on six hits, walking one and striking out one. Brendan Hall pitched the next 1.2 frames, allowing one earned run and Josh Tinnon pitched one scoreless inning. Kevin Willman (0-1) was credited with the loss, allowing two runs on two hits with three costly walks. Cameron Tallman also allowed one run in one inning of work.