Devin Walker got the Utes on the board with a three-run homer in the first inning.
Feb. 26, 2010
HUNTSVILLE, Texas - Behind three home runs, including a grand slam from C.J. Cron, the Utah baseball team opened its four-game series with Sam Houston State with a 12-4 win on Friday evening.
Utah took a 7-0 lead in the fifth inning off a Cron's grand slam. Cooper Blanc led off the inning by reaching on an error. Tyler Yagi was hit by a pitch and Michael Beltran beat out a bunt for a single before Cron cleared the bases with a home run.
Ute starter Jordan Whatcott was solid over the first four innings. He picked off a runner in the second inning and got out of a jam in the fourth inning, retiring three-straight batters after Mark Hudson led off the inning with a triple.
Sam Houston State got on the board in the bottom of the fifth, stringing together three hits and taking advantage of a Utah error to score three runs and cut the lead to 7-3. Utah answered in the top of the sixth with Austin Shackelford hitting his first home run of the season. The Utes would also score in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings.
Beltran went 4-for-6 with two runs scored and an RBI. Cron went 2-for-5 and had four RBI while Walker was 2-for-4 and had three RBI. Kuroczko also had two hits.
Whatcott picked up his first win of the season, striking out five and giving up four runs over 5.1 innings. Reliever Brock Duke was stellar over 3.2 innings, striking out four and allowing no hits.
The Utes and Bearkats continue on Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. CT.