Nick Kuroczko started the ninth-inning rally with a double.
May 14, 2010
LAS VEGAS - Despite a late comeback that saw the Utes score five runs in the ninth inning, the Utah baseball team fell to UNLV on Friday evening, 12-11.
Down 12-6 going into the ninth inning, Nick Kuroczko started the rally with one out with a double down to right field. C.J. Cron followed with an RBI double. After Nik Gumeson struck out, Jo Jo Sharrar and Mark Moorman's back-to-back doubles put two more runs on the board. Tyler Yagi added a single for an RBI, which was followed by another RBI double by pinch-hitter Rick Cornu, bringing the Utes within a run. A pitching change for the Rebels ended the Ute rally, as Brady Zuniga struck out Devin Walker to end the game.
Michael Beltran led Utah with a 3-for-4 performance. Sharrar, Yagi and Kuroczko each had a pair of hits.
On the mound, Jordan Whatcott earned the loss after pitching 2.2 innings. He falls to 4-8 on the year. Blake Golding, in his first appearance since late March, pitched the remainder of the game, giving up just three hits and one earned run. He struck out six.
The Rebels jumped out quickly, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Kyle Kretchmer had two RBI with a double down the right field line. Utah cut the lead to 3-2 in the top of the second, as Beltran tripled to right field scoring both Moorman and Yagi.
Utah began to rally back in the sixth inning, scoring two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings. Gumeson led off the sixth with a double to center before scoring on a throwing error. Moorman reached on the error and scored on a ground out. In the seventh inning, Kuroczko tripled after Gavin Green walked. Kuroczko scored on a wild pitch, putting the score at 11-6.
UNLV added a run in the bottom of the seventh after two Utah throwing errors before the Utes began their late comeback.
Utah outhit UNLV, 14-13, but struggled defensively, committing six errors.
Utah and UNLV continue on Saturday, May 15, at 2:00 p.m. PT.