Connor Eppard's three hits included a grand slam. He had six RBI.
March 9, 2012
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Utah baseball team scored early and didn't look back in an 11-3 win over Lehigh on Friday afternoon.
The Utes took the lead with five runs in the second inning and six runs in the third. Connor Eppard hit a grand slam as part of a 3-for-4 day with six total RBI. James Brooks and Shaun Cooper each had a pair of hits.
On the mound, Brock Duke picked up the victory after throwing seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits with three strikeouts, walking just one. Kesley Kondo and Blake Golding each threw an inning to close out the game.
"Eppard really sparked us today," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "Brock Duke also did a good job for us on the mound. They were our standouts today. We didn't play very good defense today, but none of our mistakes ended up hurting us."
In the second inning, Jo Jo Sharrar and Tyson Gonzalez walked and Kody Davis was hit by the pitch to load the bases for Eppard, who quickly put the Utes up 4-0 with a grand slam to right field. Although Lehigh changed pitchers, Brooks hit his second home run in as many days a few minutes later for a 5-0 lead.
Utah continued their scoring barrage in the third inning. Gonzalez, Eppard and Parker Morin each had RBI hits, while Josh Alexander doubled in the inning and later walked with the bases loaded to bring in a run.
Lehigh threatened in the top of the fourth, as Joe Abeln had a two-RBI double with one out, but Duke got out of the inning as the Mountain Hawks would strand two on base. Lehigh also stranded two in the eighth inning, but not before an RBI single from Tyler Brong.
Utah continues at the Jack Gifford Tournament on Saturday at San Jose State, beginning at 6:00 p.m. PT.