Jordan Whatcott allowed no earned runs against New Mexico.
March 19, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE - Behind a pair of home runs from C.J. Cron and a solid outing on the mound from Jordan Whatcott, the Utah baseball team defeated New Mexico, 16-2, on Friday evening to open a three-game series.
The Utes came out swinging early, with leadoff hitter Tyler Yagi reaching base and Michael Beltran earning a walk before Cron put Utah on the board with a three-run homer. Devin Walker and Nik Gumeson kept the inning going with back-to-back singles before Walker scored the fourth run of the inning off a sacrifice fly by Zach Jones.
Utah added a run in the second off a sacrifice fly from Cron after Beltran led off the inning with a single. Two runs scored in the third on a two-RBI single from Yagi.
Utah scored runs in all but two innings. Three runs scored on three hits in the fifth inning and Cron capped off the scoring with a grand slam in the eighth inning.
Six players had multiple hits on the night, led by Beltran, who went 5-for-6 with four runs scored and had three stolen bases. Cron led the Utes with nine RBI on his three hits. Gumeson tallied a four-hit night. As a team, Utah has a season-high 21 hits.
"We played pretty well through miserable conditions," head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "It was cold and it rained and snowed so I am very proud of the guys for battling through that. The last inning you couldn't see it was snowing so hard. It was nice to swing the bats all the way through the lineup and Jordan settled in so it was a good effort all the way around."