Auston Jones went 4-for-7 on the day with three RBI.
Feb. 28, 2009
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Utah baseball team split a doubleheader with Cal State Bakersfield, falling in game one, 10-8, before rallying to win the second game, 10-8.
Although Utah held a 7-5 lead in the eighth inning of the first game, CSUB scored five runs to take a 10-7 lead in the bottom of the eighth. Utah staged a rally in the top of the ninth inning, as Rick Cornu hit a one-out home run to center field (his second of the game), followed by singles from Corey Shimada and C.J. Cron. Nick Kuroczko walked to load the bases, but the Utes could not get the clutch hit.
The Roadrunners took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning before the Utes put up five runs in the top of the second. Utah began the inning with three straight singles from Austin Jones, Kuroczko and Cooper Blanc. Blanc's single scored Jones while an error on the CSUB right fielder allowed Kuroczko to score. Michael Beltran walked to put two on base for Cornu to hit his first round-tripper of the game, a three-run shot to left field.
Cal State Bakersfield tied the game, 5-5, in the bottom of the second inning with the help of a bases-loaded double from Kyle Richardson. The Utes took the lead the next inning after Cron reached base with a double and scored on Kuroczko's ground out. Utah also added an insurance run in the top of the seventh when Gavin Green walked home with the bases loaded.
Cornu was 2-for-5 on the day with four RBI. Shimada and Cron also each had two hits. On the mound, Jordan Whatcott earned the start and pitched four innings with four earned runs and three strikeouts. Bennett Askew pitched 3.1 innings and also had three K's, earning the loss. Robert Chimpky and Stephen Streich each pitched a half inning to close out the game.
The Utes took a 4-0 lead in the third inning, scoring a pair of runs in the first and third before CSUB put two runs on the board in the bottom of the third. Utah increased its lead in the top of the fourth, 6-2, with a pair of RBI doubles from Beltran and Blanc.
The Roadrunners scored two runs in the fifth and Utah added a run in the top of the seventh with an RBI double from Kevin Hussey.
Jones went 3-for-3 with two RBI. Cornu was 3-for-5, scoring twice and driving in two and Hussey went 3-for-4. Cron also had two RBI and Shimada scored three runs.
Andrew Wilding pitched a solid game on the mound in his second start of the year, going six innings with a pair of strikeouts and two earned runs. Greg Krause pitched a half an inning before Streich pitched the final 2.1 and had a pair of strikeouts to earn his first victory of the year.
"In both games we had leads and gave them up late in the game under relief pitching," head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "We didn't close the doors in both games and gave up several run leads to put us into that situation. Playing a doubleheader is tough no matter who you are playing. It's a long day and I am proud of the way we won in the ninth inning in the second ball game.
"Andrew Wilding gave us six quality innings and had a big lead at the time that he left. He did what he needed to do to win that game for us. We are swinging the bats well all the way down the lineup and had opportunities almost every inning to score. Rick Cornu had a good day and also hit some balls hard that got caught. Corey Shimada, Austin Jones and C.J. Cron also had some big hits for us."
Utah and CSUB wrap up the four-game series at noon (PT) on Sunday, March 1.