Bryn Card earned his first win of the year in game two.
Feb. 27, 2010
HUNTSVILLE, Texas - The Utah baseball team swept a doubleheader against Sam Houston State on Saturday, winning game one 10-6 before taking a 3-2 win in game two.
A five-run ninth inning broke a 5-5 tie and lifted the Utes to the 10-6 victory in game one. Michael Beltran walked to lead off the inning and Gavin Green reached on an error. A failed pickoff attempt allowed Beltran to score the go-ahead run and sent Green to third. Nick Kuroczko kept the inning going with an RBI single, scoring Green, while C.J. Cron earned a single after Kuroczko was hit by the ball while running the bases. Rick Cornu singled to put two on base, setting up Mark-Jan Moorman's three-run home run.
Reliever Stephen Streich, who earned his first win of the year, gave up two singles to start off the bottom of the ninth before forcing a double play to get out of the jam.
Utah took a 1-0 lead in the first inning after leading off the game with three-straight singles, allowing Beltran to score. Sam Houston State got on the board in the bottom of the second with Michael Heard scoring on an error to tie game at 1-1.
The Utes scored three runs in the sixth inning, with Cron, Devin Walker and Josh Reed each with RBI hits to give Utah a 4-1 lead. The Bearkats came back in the bottom of the inning with four runs behind a three-run homer by Doug Oney, taking a 5-4 lead.
Utah tied the game in the eighth at 5-5 with Moorman hitting a two-out RBI double to send Cron, who singled to reach base, across the plate.
In game two, each team scored a run in the first inning. Utah got on the board with Green scoring on Cron's sacrifice fly while the Bearkats scored an unearned run on Mark Hudson's RBI single.
Utah broke the tie in the third inning, taking the lead as Kuroczko hit a solo home run to right field. Cron kept the two-out rally going with a single while Walker reached base when he was hit by a pitch, setting up an RBI single by Austin Shackelford.
Sam Houston State cut into the lead in the seventh inning with Oney scoring on a passed ball before relief pitcher Zach Adams ended the inning with a strikeout. The Bearkats also made a run in the bottom of the ninth inning but left three batters stranded as Adams struck out the game's final batter to get out of the jam.
Ute starter Bryn Card went 6.1 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits, striking out four. Adams had four strikeouts and got his first career save.
Green and Cron each had two hits in game two.
"We found a way to win today," head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "We did a great job hanging in there in game one and came from behind. In the second game we held on in the ninth inning. Over the last three games we have gotten out of jams by either making good pitches or good defensive plays when it counts. That is a real positive for us at this point.
"Our pitching was really good today. Bryn and Andrew both pitched very well to start and Streich and Adams were outstanding. Our six guys that have pitched this weekend have all been really good."
The Utes will go for the series sweep on Sunday. Rick Anton gets the start on the mound for Utah.