Nick Kuroczko had four hits for the Utes against New Mexico.
March 21, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE - A late rally lifted the Utah baseball team to a 9-8 extra-inning win against New Mexico on Sunday, giving the Utes wins in two of the three games of the series.
After New Mexico (14-7, 1-2 MWC) took an 8-5 lead with a four-run eighth inning, the Utes (9-7, 2-1 MWC) rallied to push three runs across the plate in the top of the ninth and tie the game at 8-8. The first three Utah batters all got hits, with Michael Beltran leading off the inning with a double to center before scoring on Nick Kuroczko's single up the middle. C.J. Cron kept it going with an RBI double to right field. After Devin Walker reached on an error, New Mexico forced two outs before Mark Moorman and Zach Jones each walked, loading the bases and scoring the game-tying run before Tyler Yagi struck out to end the inning.
Although New Mexico got three hits in the ninth inning, reliever Stephen Streich picked off a runner and struck out two batters to get out of the jam and send the game into extra innings.
In the 10th inning, Beltran again started things off for Utah, hitting a single through the left side. Kuroczko singled to left field before Rick Cornu's well-placed bunt single loaded the bases. With Josh Reed at the plate, the Utes executed a squeeze play to score Beltran and take the 9-8 lead.
Streich continued into the 10th on the mound and earned three straight outs to close out the game. He picked up his second win of the year to go to 2-1 on the season. Streich had three strikeouts.
Kuroczko and Jones each had four hits and drove in two runs.
The Utes took a 4-0 lead in the first inning. The first time through the Utah lineup, eight of the nine batters had hits. New Mexico cut into that lead with a three-run second inning, led by Max Willett's two-RBI double. Nik Gumeson's leadoff home run in the third inning gave Utah a 5-3 lead before the Lobos added a run in the fourth to put the score at 5-4.
Ute starter Rick Anton pitched six innings with two strikeouts, allowing four runs.
The Utes play at home for the first time this week, beginning with a Tuesday game against Utah Valley before facing Northern Colorado in a three-game series that starts on Friday.