Ryan Khoury's two-run home run helped Utah defeat San Diego State Saturday.
March 19, 2005
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The University of Utah baseball team used the long ball and some strong pitching to top San Diego State 4-2 Saturday afternoon at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
Adam Frank, Ryan Khoury and Doug Beck all homered for Utah (7-12, 1-1), while starting pitcher Matt Crockett gave the Utes a lift on the mound. Crockett, the usual Sunday pitcher, moved up a day in the rotation due to an injury to Chad Cullers, the normal Saturday starter. He allowed two runs and just one earned run in 6.2 innings.
"Crockett really pitched the best he has all year," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "He really pitched well, which was big for us, after he had a disappointing last outing."
SDSU (6-17, 1-1) got its lone earned run off Crockett in the bottom of the first inning. The Aztecs pushed that run across with three hits, a wild pitch and an RBI groundout.
Frank led off the fifth inning with a solo home run, tying the contest at 1-1. John Welsh later delivered a one-out double to left-center field. Khoury followed that with a two-run homer to left field, giving the Utes a 3-1 advantage.
The Utah lead increased to 4-1 in the top of the seventh. Beck ripped a one-out, solo home run to push his team's lead to three runs.
"We scored all our runs off three home runs, which is unusual for us," Kinneberg said. "But we'll take runs any way we can get them. That was nice."
SDSU cut its deficit in half in the bottom of the seventh. The Aztecs scored a run on two hits and three errors to pull within 4-2. Brandon Bailey took over for Crockett with two outs and one on. Bailey induced SDSU's James Scott into a groundout to the Khoury at shortstop, preserving Utah's two-run lead.
The rubber game of the series is scheduled for Sunday at Noon.