OREM, Utah-- Backed by a solid outing from freshman Zach Muckenhirn, the University of North Dakota baseball team defeated host Utah Valley, 10-1, Saturday night in Western Athletic Conference play. It marked the first conference win for UND in its new league.
"It was a great outing by Zach Muckenhirn," UND head coach Jeff Dodson said. "He showed upperclassman compsure out there tonight and our offense really came around. We are capable of that, we just need to be more consistent with it."
Muckenhirn, in his third collegiate start, went eight innings allowing just four hits with one earned run. He struck out eight and walked four. Through three starts, the rookie has put together 19.2 innings with just four earned runs and a team-high 19 strikeouts (1.83 ERA).
He was backed by an offense that collected 16 hits, at least one from every spot in the order. Zack Trygstad had three hits with three rund batted in, producing run-scoring singles in each of his first three trips to the plate.
His first came in the top of the first inning to put UND in front. Then, in a four-run third, he drove in his second run and Ryan Reese followed with a two-run double. Luis Calvo singled in the fourth run and Muckenhirn had a comfortable lead in which to work.
Three more runs were plated in the next inning and UND tacked on insurance tallies in the fifth and seventh innings to walk away with its first win of the season. Reid Jungling worked a scoreless ninth to even North Dakota's WAC record at 1-1.
Tyler Follis, Taylor Petersen, Jeff Campbell, Daniel Lockhert and Sam Alt each collected two hits in the win.
The teams complete their series Sunday with first pitch at 1:00 p.m.