OREM, Utah — Utah Valley University scored 17 unanswered runs to defeat Nevada, 17-6, in the opener of a three-games series Thursday at Brent Brown Ballpark. Stone Ramsey had five RBIs, Kade Andrus drove in four runs and Court Zollinger had a four-hit night for the Wolverines (6-7) in their home opener.
UVU found itself trailing 6-0 after the top of the first to the Wolf Pack (9-5) before roaring back with three in the first, one in the second and three more in the third to take the lead for good.
Ty Hansen entered in relief in the first and helped calm the storm, throwing 4.1 scoreless innings and striking out six. Hansen (1-1) earned the win, while Braden Poole picked up a save after tossing the final four innings and striking out four. Hansen and Poole limited Nevada to just five hits over the final 8.1 scoreless innings.
"I thought Ty came in and changed the whole outcome of the game for us," UVU head coach Eric Madsen said. "Nevada is a very good club, a great hitting team, and to be able to keep them off the board after we scored three in the first and then put more zeroes up in the innings after that was the difference in the game."
With two outs and nobody on in the first, the Wolverines mounted a rally that scored the three runs. Five straight hitters reached base with Kade Andrus' two-run single beginning the scoring before a RBI hit from Zollinger.
"To answer with three runs in the first after there were two outs was big for us. Even with the start I thought we came out and played hard and with a lot of pride and that was great to see," Madsen said.
Utah Valley scored runs in six of the eight innings at bat while pounding out a season-high 20 hits.
Down 6-4 in the third, Andrus and Zollinger again drove in runs before Willie Pratt had an RBI single to give UVU a 7-6 lead. Pratt would finish the night with three hits and three batted in.
Ramsey had a bases-clearing triple in the fifth and later scored on a two-out single by Mark Krueger during a four-run inning that extended the Wolverines' advantage to 11-6.
Another run in the sixth — on a bases-loaded walk to Jordy Hart — before a five-run seventh broke the game open.
In the seventh, Andrus had a base hit to drive in his fourth run of the night and Pratt tripled home two more runs. Ramsey then closed out the scoring with a two-run double.
Tom Jameson took the loss for Nevada, which was led by a 4-for-5 night from Kewby Meyer. The Wolf Pack sent 11 hitters to the plate in the first, getting a two-out, two-run double from Jamison Rowe.
The series is scheduled to continue on Friday at 4 p.m. Saturday's finale is schedule for noon.
Clint Burgi is the assistant athletic director for sports information at Utah Valley University. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.