COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina’s Reid Morgan struck out nine and didn’t walk a batter en route to leading the SEC Gamecocks to a series sweep over Utah Valley with a 10-3 victory on Sunday afternoon at Founders Park.
With the setback, the Wolverines drop to 1-5 on the young season while USC improves to 6-1 with the win.
The Gamecock offense combined to slug out five home runs and 12 total hits in the ballgame, while UVU’s offense was limited to just five hits. Chris Cullen led the way for South Carolina by going 2-for-3 with two home runs and five RBIs while Andrew Eyster followed with a 3-for-4 outing with a homer, a double, an RBI and a run scored.
USC’s starter Morgan (1-0) earned the win after going 8.0 full innings and giving up just six hits and one earned run while striking out nine. UVU’s Walker Ramsey (0-2) was tagged with the loss after allowing six runs on six hits in 4.2 innings of work. Freshman Logan Petet did a nice job for the Wolverines late in the game out of the bullpen by surrendering just one hit and no runs while striking out one in the final inning and a third.
Alexander Marco led UVU at the plate on Sunday by going 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Drew Sims and Jake Berry both drove home runs in the game for the Wolverines.
The series marked UVU’s first all-time series against South Carolina and just its second in program history against an opponent from the SEC.
The Wolverines will now return to the West Coast for a four-game non-conference series in Northern California at UC Davis next weekend (March 1-3). Following the series, UVU will then return to Utah for a midweek contest at neighboring rival BYU on March 5, before hosting Saint Mary’s for its home-opening series on March 8-10 at UCCU Ballpark.
UVU women’s golf finishes sixth at GCU Invite: At Phoenix, junior Kaylee Shimizu posted an eighth-place finish on her way to helping Utah Valley University women’s golf place sixth out of 20 teams at the GCU Spring Invitational at GCU Golf Course on Saturday and Sunday in Phoenix.
Shimizu fired a 1-under-par 71 during Sunday’s final round to move up four spots on the individual leaderboard and record the top-10 finish with a three-round total of 3-over-par 219. After opening with a 75 on Saturday, the Wolverine junior responded by carding a 1-over 73 in round two and followed that up with the 1-under 71 in round three. The eighth-place finish is the best of Shimizu’s career and the 71 ties for her best collegiate round.
Junior transfer Kate Williamson too had a strong tournament for UVU by tying posting a top-15 finish by tying for 14th with a 7-over-par 223. After opening with a 78 in the first round on Saturday, Williamson responded with an even-par 72 in round two and a 1-over 73 in the third round to finish in 14th place for her best finish as a Wolverine.
As a team, Utah Valley placed sixth with a solid 33-over-par 897.
The Wolverines recorded scores of 305, 295 and 297 at the 54-hole event to finish just one stroke back of South Dakota State for fifth, four back of the host and WAC foe Grand Canyon for fourth, and six back of in-state foe Southern Utah for third. The 897 marks UVU’s sixth-best three-round score in program history.
All five Wolverines in the event finished in the top 50, as Carly Dehlin Hirsch tied for 43rd (76-76-77-229) and Nathalie Irlbacher (79-74-77-230) and Keila Baladad (76-78-76-230) both tied for 49th.
The Wolverines will now return to the Beehive State and will next head to St. George for a pair of in-state tournaments. UVU will first take part in the BYU at Entrada Classic March 11-12 at Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club, before closing the week at SUU’s Pizza Hut Lady Thunderbird Classic at Sunbrook Golf Club on March 14-15.