Andrew Wilding had five strikeouts in six innings on the mound for Utah.
March 6, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Nick Kuroczko led Utah with a 3-for-4 effort as the Utes fell to No. 4 Texas A&M, 7-2, in the first of a three game series on Friday evening.
The Utes scored two runs on six hits with two errors in the loss, leaving six on base. Texas A&M had 10 hits with seven runs and an error. Utah struggled defensively, allowing the Aggies to score runs over multiple innings.
"We allowed at least four runs that we could have stopped if our defense had been playing well," head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "Maybe they didn't show up as errors, but we didn't get it done defensively. They got too many easy runs.
"We had base runners, but we didn't have any timely hits in the game. The pitching was really good tonight - Andrew pitched very well."
After the Aggies scored two in the first inning, Utah cut the lead to 2-1 in the top of the second. Austin Jones led off the inning with a walk and Kurozko also reached base with a single through the right side. Both runners moved over on Cooper Blanc's sacrifice bunt setting up Jones coming in to score when Kevin Hussey grounded out to the shortstop.
Texas A&M continued to pull ahead, scoring a run in the fourth off Caleb Shofner's solo home run then adding two more in the fifth.
C.J. Cron hit his second home run of the year in the top of the sixth inning to cut the lead to 7-2.
The series continues on Saturday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m. (CT).