The Utah Valley University baseball team completed it’s second three-game series sweep against Southern Utah University this year on Saturday afternoon. This will be the last time that UVU baseball hosts SUU, as the Thunderbirds are shutting down their program after the season.
“It’s good to be able to win all of the games we played against them and do our job,” Goose Kallunki said. “They’re a dangerous team because they have a lot of energy and can come back and win at any time. To be able to beat them six times this year is really nice.”
The Wolverines got big-time production from their offense, winning 15-2. The Wolverines’ bats got going early as they jumped out to a 2-0 after the first inning and never looked back. Southern Utah seemed to hang around until Kallunki hit a towering home run that easily cleared the left-field fence.
“They were in the game and then he turned it around instantly with that swing.” UVU head coach Eric Madsen said. “It’s good for him to start hitting the ball with some power. It’s good to see him do that, we need that out of him.”
The Wolverines were also helped by left fielder Sean Moysh, who batted 5-of-6 in the game and scored three runs, which tied him with Billy Burgess for the game-high.
“I was able to get some good swings on the ball, find some gaps, and get on base.” Moysh said.
Starting pitcher Adam Gunn gave the team a strong outing as he threw six innings, gave up only two runs on seven hits, and struck out six batters.
Up next for the Wolverines is another landmark game. When they take the field against the Arizona Wildcats on Wednesday, it will be the first time that UVU has hosted a ranked opponent. The two teams met earlier in the season with the result being a 12-6 victory for the Wildcats.
“We’re excited,” Madsen said. “I think ranked teams like playing us so it’s exciting that we finally get a chance to host one here. I think it’s a big opportunity for our program to show that we can compete with those guys. Hopefully we play well.”