Baseball Tames the Wolverines, 14-1
OREM – Utah baseball's bats came alive against the Utah Valley Wolverines on Tuesday night as the Utes won 14-1 at UCCU Ballpark.
Utah totaled 20 hits on the night with seven Utes having multiple hits in the game. Jaylon McLaughlin led the way going 4-5 scoring two runs with two RBI. Trey Clarkson went 3-4 and led the team with five RBI.
The Utes got on the board early putting up three runs in the first. After a Jayden Kiernan walk and a Kai Roberts single, Clarkson hit a double down the right field line to score two runs. He advanced to third on a throwing error by the second baseman. Later in the inning, Brock Rudy singled up the middle to score Clarkson giving Utah an early 3-0 lead.
In the fourth inning, Matt Richardson doubled to left center and came around to score on a McLaughlin single. After two more singles, Clarkson homered to left field to score three more runs and put Utah up 7-0.
The Utes kept the pressure on scoring three more runs in the fifth, two more runs in the seventh and one run in the eighth and the ninth to total their 14 runs.
Ben Kibbe got his second start of the season and earned his first win. He pitched 4.0 innings and only allowed two hits. Ian MacIver, Dustyn Schramm and Zac McCleve also pitched scoreless frames. Owen Mortensen made his first appearance in a Utah uniform. He pitched 1.1 innings and allowed one run on two hits.
In all, the Utah pitchers combined only allowed six hits on the night.
Clarkson hit his second home run of the season and the five RBI are the most a Utah player has had in a game this season. Richardson was back in the lineup and picked up where he left off going 3-4 with two RBI. He had a double and his first home run of the season.
Brock Rudy and McLaughlin also had two RBI in the game.
The win moves Utah's record to 9-21 on the season.
Utah will be back at Smith's Ballpark this weekend hosting Arizona State for a three-game series. First pitch is Friday, April 23 at 6 p.m.