Rick Cornu went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two stolen bases.
Feb. 20, 2009
LOS ANGELES - After the Utes tied the game, 7-7 in the top of the ninth, Utah's first baseball game of the season against Loyola Marymount was suspended after the conclusion of the inning due to darkness on Friday, Feb. 20.
The game will resume at 10:30 a.m. (PT) on Saturday morning before the scheduled doubleheader.
Down 7-6 going into the ninth inning, Austin Jones started the rally with a single up the middle. Josh Reed entered the game as a pinch runner and advanced to second on a passed ball. After Nick Kuroczko walked, Cooper Blanc singled through the right side, bringing Reed around to score the game's tying run with help from an error by LMU's right fielder.
The Utes shut down LMU in the ninth to force extra innings, with relief pitcher Robert Chimpky entering the game and striking out one. Right fielder Rick Cornu made the final out of the inning with a diving catch in foul territory.
Utah started off quickly with a 4-0 lead in the top of the first. Three straight walks to Rick Cornu, Corey Shimada and C.J. Cron loaded the bases for Jones to earn two RBI with a double to center field. Cron and Jones would score after Blanc reached on an error.
Although Loyola Marymount also scored four runs in the bottom of the inning, Utah retook the lead, 6-4, with a two-run second. Beltran led off with a double down the left field line, scoring when Cornu singled to center field. He advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Cron's ground out.
Cornu and Jones each went 2-for-4 in the contest with Cornu scoring two runs. Utah went 7-for-7 in stolen bases on the day, with Cornu and Blanc each swiping two bags.
Brian Budrow earned his first start of the year, pitching 4.2 innings with six strikeouts and five earned runs. Bennett Askew and Stephen Streich each pitched 1.2 innings, with Streich recording three strikeouts. Robert Chimpky came in for the final inning and had one strikeout.
"Parts of our game were very good, and sometimes we looked like we had just come out of the gym," head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "Our offense is as good as it's ever been this early. Going 7-of-7 in stolen bases was a highlight. The pressure offense is something that can work all year for us. Rick Cornu had a good day, he saved the game for us in the ninth inning with an outstanding play. Pitching was a struggle today, we got behind in some counts and got out of some jams, but it was not one of our strengths.
"We have a long day ahead of us tomorrow."
Following the conclusion of the completed game tomorrow, Utah and LMU will play a scheduled doubleheader.