Corey Shimada went 3-for-5 with three RBI Tuesday at Gonzaga.
March 24, 2009
SPOKANE, Wash. - The University of Utah baseball team established a new season high in runs and pounded out a season-high 21 hits during a 16-9 win over Gonzaga Tuesday at the Patterson Complex.
After Utah (9-11) put together three two-run innings in its first five at-bats, then the Utes took command of the game by scoring five runs in the sixth to take an 11-2 lead. Utah reached double-figures in runs for the sixth time this season and improved to 5-1 when accomplishing the feat.
Utah set a new season-high with 21 hits and all nine hitters in its starting lineup recorded at least one base hit while seven Utes posted multi-hit performances. Sixteen runs for Utah tied its season-high output. The Utes previous high for runs came during a 15-13 win at BYU on Mar. 13.
Kyle Myers was 3-for-4 at the plate with four RBI on the day. The junior from Woodwarth, La., set new career highs with three hits and four RBI.
Both senior second baseman Corey Shimada and junior right fielder Kevin Hussey were 3-for-5 with three RBI apiece. Shimada's three hits was a season-high and he also drove in a season high for RBI. This was Hussey's second three-hit game of the season and was also the Tucson, Ariz., native's career high for RBI.
Bryn Card started on the mound for the Utes and did not allow a hit in his first two innings. He improved to 2-1 this season by going 5.1 innings and allowing two runs on six hits with seven walks while striking out six Gonzaga hitters.
The Utes started by scoring a pair of runs in the top of the second inning. Austin Jones drew a lead-off walk then Myers doubled to left field and Hussey followed with another double to drive in two runs.
Utah came back strong with two more runs in the top of the fourth inning when Myers led off with a walk then Hussey singled through the left side before Zach Jones laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Myers and Hussey over one base. Shimada then hit a first-pitch single to left field to drive in Myers. After Michael Beltran got a bunt single, Nick Kuroczko connected on a single back to the pitcher to plate Hussey for Utah's fourth run of the game.
With two outs in Gonzaga's bottom half of the fourth frame, Gonzaga got on the scoreboard again when Wells hit a single to center field then Heid lined an RBI triple down the right-field line to bring the Bulldogs within two runs.
The Utes were able to extend their lead to three runs in their fifth at-bat when Austin Jones came up with a double to right field then was driven home after Hussey singled for his third RBI of the game. Zach Jones then laid down a sacrifice bunt back to the pitcher to score Austin Jones.
Thanks to a pair of Gonzaga errors, the Utes scored five runs on four hits to extend their lead to nine runs (11-2) after the bottom of the sixth. Three of the first four Utah hitters reached base before Myers reached on an error by the Gonzaga shortstop to score Beltran. Kuroczko scored after Hussey reached on a throwing error by the third baseman and Zach Jones drove in Austin Jones with an RBI single to second base. Shimada rounded out the rally with a two-run base hit to right-center field.
Myers connected on a three-run home run, his first of the season, to score Tyler Yagi and Austin Jones to push Utah's lead to 14-4. Myers finished off his night with an RBI single in the top of the ninth inning to drive in Yagi
Gonzaga (14-6) cut its deficit with five runs in the seventh and eighth innings, but could not overcome five errors committed in the field. Reedy Burg took the loss for the Bulldogs.
The Utes complete their two-game road trip against Gonzaga tomorrow at 12 p.m. PT in the Patterson Complex.