Jesse Shriner had a team-best four hits and four runs scored in the 12-6 win over UVU on Tuesday.
March 25, 2008
OREM, Utah - Utah Valley owned a three-run lead after the third inning, but the University of Utah baseball team scored in each of the last six innings to rally for the 12-6 win here this evening.
Utah (8-12 overall) spotted the Wolverines a 4-1 lead, but they surrendered it to the Utes thanks in part to a four-run fifth inning. Utah belted out seven of its 21 hits in that inning, as it went on to grab the six-run win over UVU (4-17-1). The 21 hits are a season-high for the Utes. It tops the March 8 performance against Southern Utah when the Utes hammered out 19 base knocks.
The Utes remain perfect this season against in-state rivals. They won a three-game series against Southern Utah earlier this year.
"I'm proud of our offense tonight," said head coach Bill Kinneberg. "We hung in there against a good pitcher (Marcus Moore), and I even think we were able to wear him down a bit. There was a time in the third when we could've layed down and gone home, but I think we came back and fought for the win.
"I thought our pitching was okay tonight. From the third inning on, we pitched well."
"The top five of our batting order are capable of doing some damage, and tonight they did," Kinneberg noted. "Now, it's up to the lower part of the order to step up and help, and tonight I thought it did that."
The first four runs of the game were unearned as Utah Valley jumped out to a 3-1 lead on the Utes after the first inning.
The Utes scored first, capitalizing on a UVU error that allowed leadoff batter Corey Shimada to reach safely. The very next batter, Cody Guymon, hit a double into the gap in right-center field. Shimada was able to leg it all the way home to give Utah the 1-0 lead.
However, UVU plated three unearned runs in the bottom of the first, and it scored the first earned of the game in the second to take a three-run lead into the third frame.
The Utes finally responded to UVU's four-run outburst in the fifth inning. Utah plated four runs on seven hits, and it allowed it to recapture the lead, 6-4.
Utah nearly batted around in the fifth, as Shimada scored the first run of the inning on Guymon's single up the middle. Then, with Guymon on third and Shriner on second, Jones doubled to right field, plating the two runners and giving Utah the 5-4 lead. However, Utah wasn't done, and it scored an insurance run when Blanc hit a single to left-center field. It scored Jones for Utah's sixth run.
Shimada gave Utah a three-run lead in the sixth inning. He belted his third home run of the year, a solo shot off the scoreboard in right-center field.
The visitors kept adding insurance runs, plating one in each the seventh and eighth innings, and three in the ninth.
The Wolverines tried to rally in the seventh inning, plating two runs. But it wasn't enough as Marcus Moore took the loss for UVU. He's 2-4 on the year now. Three Wolverine batters had two-hit nights this evening.
The Utes return to action against this week when they host Air Force Academy at Franklin Covey Field. The three-game series begins on Friday with first pitch set for 6 p.m.