Bryn Card allowed just two hits against the Roadrunners.
March 1, 2009
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Behind a solid pitching performance from Bryn Card and a strong offensive effort, the Utah baseball team defeated Cal State Bakersfield, 7-3, in the final game of the series on Sunday, March 1.
Card held the Utah offense to two hits over seven innings, picking up four strikeouts. He earned his first win of the season on the mound.
A pair of home runs in the first and second innings gave the Utes a 3-0 lead. C.J. Cron hit a solo blast over the right field wall in the first inning while Cooper Blanc hit a two-run shot in the second.
The Utes added two runs in the fourth inning. After Nick Kuroczko led off the inning with a single, Blanc reached base on a bunt. They both moved over on a balk and Kuroczko scored when Devin Walker singled through the right side. Kevin Hussy also singled in Utah's next at-bat to send in Blanc, giving the Utes a 5-0 lead.
Utah would continue to pull away, scoring a run in both the sixth and seventh innings. Rick Cornu drove in Tyler Yagi with a ground out in the sixth inning. In the seventh, Blanc scored on a double-steal play.
The Roadrunners scored their first run of the game in the bottom of the seventh inning, an unearned run after a Utah error. They looked to make a comeback in the eighth inning with Card leaving the game and Joe Pond taking the mound for the Utes, as Brandon Boren and Kyle Richardson had back-to-back one-out singles before Ryan McIntyre's fielders choice scored Boren. Jason Kudlock also hit an RBI single to send McIntyre across the plate before Ute pitcher Robert Chimpky entered the game and got the final out of the inning.
Blanc and Walker were each 3-for-4 on the day, while Blanc led the team with two RBI and three runs scored. Yagi, Hussey and Cron each had two hits. Yagi made his first start this year at second base.
"Bryn pitched extremely well," head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "We scored early and he put up zeros after that and the quick innings allowed us to continue to extend our lead. Robert Chimpky really had his first opportunity to shut the door and that was a good sign that he was able to get four straight outs. C.J. Cron got a big two-out hit in the first inning to put us on the board. Tyler Yagi played well at second and made some great defensive plays.
Utah returns to the field on Thursday, March 5, for a single game at Sam Houston State before traveling to Texas A&M for a three-game series.