SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Utah Valley sophomore starter Danny Beddes threw a complete game shutout while allowing just four hits, and the Wolverines struck for five runs in the third inning in a 6-0 shutout of the Hornets on Saturday at John Smith Field.
All three games of the series were shutouts, with the Hornets winning the first two contests. All 14 hits in Saturday's game, 10 of which were recorded by Utah Valley, were singles, and over the three games series the Wolverines totaled 19 singles and not a single extra-base hit. The two teams were also a combined 14-for-14 in stolen base attempts in the series, with the Hornets stealing 11 bags.
Beddes threw 130 pitches for the complete game, allowing just four hits but totaling four walks and hitting two batters. Sophomore Nathan Lukes had two of the four Hornet hits, extending his WAC-best hitting streak to 19 games, while Utah Valley leadoff hitter Jordy Hart had one of three multi-hit games for the Wolverines with three knocks.
Utah Valley (15-22, 8-7 WAC) sent 10 men to the plate in the five-run third inning and had four hits but was aided significantly by two Sacramento State (24-15, 12-3 WAC) errors, a walk, and a hit batter. With a run in with one out and the bases loaded, UVU hit a groundball to first base and junior Rhys Hoskins' throw to the plate was high, allowing the runner from third to score.
Freshman reliever Austin Ragsdale came in for starter Jared Paderez with the score just 2-0 but was greeted with consecutive RBI singles, with the second knock compounded by another Hornet throwing error to allow a fifth run to score. The Wolverines then strung together three more singles in the fourth inning to move to a 6-0 advantage.
Hornet junior Scotty Burcham had a two out single in the bottom of the fourth, and that would be the last hit of the game for the home team. Utah Valley only had two hits over the final five innings of the contest, but Beddes had more than enough run support to finish the win.
Sacramento State relievers Chad Perry, Alex Palsha, and Sutter McLoughlin combined for five scoreless innings of relief, allowing just two hits and three walks with seven strikeouts. Paderez was charged with five runs (three earned) over 2.1 innings while Ragsdale allowed one earned run.
The Hornets play two of their most highly anticipated games of the season on Monday and Tuesday hosting No. 3 Oregon State, which advanced to the College World Series semifinals last season. Monday's game will be at 6:35 p.m. at Raley Field followed by a 1 p.m. matinee on Tuesday at John Smith Field. Currently ranked No. 3 in the country in the USA Today Coaches' Poll, Oregon State will be the Hornets highest ranked opponent since the team played at No. 1 Arizona in 2008.