Jesse Shriner hit a homer on the first day of the season.
Feb. 23, 2008
SAN JOSE, Calif. - The University of Utah baseball team opened the 2008 campaign dropping both games of a doubleheader, falling to San Jose State 6-5 in 10 innings, and 7-6.
The Utes fall to 0-2 on the season while the Spartans jump out to a 2-0 start on the year. A trio of Utah players had standout performances on the first day of the season. Cody Guymon, Jesse Shriner and Cooper Blanc each had three hits between the two games.
Guymon led all Utes in going 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI on the afternoon. Shriner hit the lone homer of the day. He was 3-for-8 at the plate, and he also had a double in plating a pair of RBI.
The same two teams will do battle on Saturday, assuming the weather cooperates. First pitch between Utah and SJSU is scheduled for 11 a.m. (PT). The game was originally going to start at 1 p.m., but was moved due to the possibility of heavy rain.
SJSU 6, Utah 5 (10)
The Utes staged an eighth-inning rally to tie the ballgame, 5-5, but San Jose State put an end to the game as the Spartans capitalized on a pair of errors to score the game-winner in the bottom of the 10th.
Utah was down 5-3 heading into the eighth inning, but the Utes plated two big runs to knot the score. The first two batters of the inning, Blanc and DC Legg, both reached safely, and they were sacrificed into scoring position by Corey Shimada.
Then, it was Michael Beltran who grounded out to first, allowing both runs to score. He tallied his first career RBI.
However, in the bottom of the 10th, SJSU jumped on a pair of errors to score the game-winning run.
Shriner hit a lead-off homer in the fifth to help Utah take the 3-2 lead, but the home team scored two runs in each the sixth and seventh frames. All Utah had during SJSU's four-run outburst was an RBI double by Guymon in the seventh. The scoreboard showed a 5-3 Spartan lead after seven frames.
Robert Chimpky gets the hard-luck loss in relief. He threw 2.1 innings of work. Chimpky fanned two batters and allowed only the one unearned run. Stephen Fife got the start and went for 5.2 innings. He scattered eight hits, allowed three runs and struck out four batters.
SJSU 7, Utah 6
All of the scoring occurred in the final three innings, and Utah owned the 6-3 lead heading into the eighth inning. But, SJSU benefited from a four-run eighth to escape with the one-run, 7-6, victory.
With a 6-3 lead in the eighth, the Spartans plated four runs (three of them earned). The first two scored on an RBI single and an RBI double. An error extended the inning, and it also allowed the home to knot it at 6-6. It was a two-out, bases-loaded walk that lifted the Spartans to one-run run win.
Fielding miscues allowed the Spartans to take the 1-0 lead in the sixth. But, the Utes responded with three runs in the seventh. It all started when Dustin Hennis hit an RBI single to left, scoring Shimada. Guymon's RBI would later score Shriner and Austin Jones' RBI single scored Hennis. Utah held the 3-1 lead after 6.5 innings.
SJSU scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to make it 3-3, but Utah had another three-run outburst in the eighth to build a 6-3 cushion.
With one out and two on in the eighth inning, Shriner hit an RBI double down the left field line, and it scored Shimada. Hennis hit a sacrifice fly to score Guymon and a double steal allowed Shriner score, accounting for Utah's three-run eighth.
But, SJSU did one better, plating four in the bottom of the eighth.
John James is saddled with the loss in relief and is 0-1 on the year. However, it ws Brian Budrow that got the start, and he went 5.0 innings. Budrow had an excellent start, fanning eight batters and allowing just four hits.