Brett Sundberg was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI in Utah's win over Southern Utah.
March 9, 2003
TEMPE, Ariz. - Third baseman Brett Sundberg was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI to lead the Utah baseball team to a commanding 14-5 win over Southern Utah in its final game of the Bob Schaefer Memorial Classic at Arizona State today.
The Utes improved to 8-7 overall after losing the first two games of the tournament to Cal State Northridge and Arizona State. Southern Utah drops to 3-4 on the season with the loss.
Starting pitcher Doug Mackay picked up the win by giving up five runs (three earned) in five innings of work. The sophomore right-hander struck out three and walked three to improve to 2-0 on the season.
Reliever Ryan Florence contributed a solid outing out of the bullpen with 2 2/3 innings of one-hit ball.
SUU starting pitcher Chris Gardner was forced from the game with a pair of injuries after just one inning. Relievers Jason Gillins and Nick Oldroyd were tagged for nine hits and nine runs in the second inning. Gillins recorded the loss to fall 0-1 on the year.
In addition to Sundberg's big game, the Utes recorded four home runs and had a season-high 18 hits. A total of six Utes recorded multi-hit games, with senior Jake Jordison joining Sundberg with three hits. Jordison hit his fifth homer of the year and drove home three runs.
Utah had seven straight batters reach base (six hits, BB) without recording an out to start the second inning and ended up sending 12 batters to the plate, while scoring nine runs, to take the early lead.
Freshman designated hitter Tyler Kmetko, whose father is an Arizona Diamondbacks scout, hit a three-run home run in his first collegiate at-bat. Second baseman Jared Pena also tabbed a two-run double in the inning. Rightfielder Eric Chevalier and Sundberg were both 2-for-2 in the inning, each recording a single and home run. Chevalier hit a three-run home run and then Sundberg followed with a solo shot for the back-to-back home runs.
Sundberg continued his hot hitting with a two-run double with two outs in the bottom of the fourth to increase the Utes' lead to 11-3, but SUU battled back with two runs in the sixth.
Utah plated two of its last three runs in the bottom of the eighth on the Jordison homer. The final Ute run was the result of back-to-back singles and a sacrifice fly.
Utah opens Mountain West play next weekend with a three-game series at San Diego State.