Austin Jones had five RBI in the 22-3 win over SUU on Tuesday.
May 6, 2008
SALT LAKE CITY - Offense was not at a loss this afternoon as the University of Utah baseball team hammered out season-highs with 26 hits and 22 runs in thumping in-state rival Southern Utah here this afternoon, 22-3.
"We played solid baseball today," said head coach Bill Kinneberg. "We saw good pitching, played good defense, and anytime you score 22 runs on 26 hits, you're swinging the bats well. Perhaps what stands out the most is our pitching, though. Our pitchers put up a lot of zeros on the scoreboard. That's hard to do when you go up big early in the game. I'm proud of our pitching today."
The Utes (17-24 overall) didn't waste anytime in getting on the board. After SUU tallied two runs in the top of the first, Utah responded in the bottom of the inning. The Utes batted around in tallying 10 runs on 10 hits. The first inning included a leadoff home run and a two-RBI double by Corey Shimada, and an RBI triple from Jesse Shriner.
Utah finished the game with six extra-base hits. The Utes also had an RBI triple from Cody Guymon and homers from Shriner and Austin Jones. Shimada was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. In addition to his homer and double in the first, he singled in the sixth.
The home team hammered out 26 hits to SUU's seven. Every starter had at least two hits on the day. Shriner and Beltran led the team with four hits. Shriner was 4-for-5 with three RBI and three runs. Beltran went 4-for-6 with one RBI and two runs. The biggest offense producer was Jones with his five RBI on two hits. Jones had a sac fly in the first, a two-RBI single in the second, and a two-run homer in the sixth.
Andrew Wilding was the pre-designated starter and gets the win. He went 2.0 innings and allowed two runs, four hits and a walk. He's now 3-1 on the season. In all, Utah threw five pitchers today.
The T-Birds scored a run in the fifth, but Utah countered with eight in the sixth. Four two-RBI hits in that inning got Utah to 22 runs. Jones hit a two-RBI homer, Scott Cashman hit a pinch-hit, two-RBI single, Guymon had a two-RBI triple and Shirner hit a two-run homer.
SUU starter Chase Hudson got the start. He falls to 2-1 on the year. All seven of the Thunderbirds' hits came from different bats.
Utah returns to the road this weekend for a four-game series at the Air Force Academy. The two conference rivals play a single on Friday, a doubleheader on Saturday and a single on Sunday.