Chad Cullers allowed just one hit in six innings Saturday.
April 7, 2007
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah baseball team exacted some revenge from Utah Valley State in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader at Ute Field. Less than 24 hours after an 18-1 UVSC win in Orem, the Utes pounded the Wolverines 15-1 in Salt Lake City.
Utah starter Chad Cullers was masterful for six innings of the seven-inning contest. He allowed just one hit, while walking three and striking out two in his six innings of work. Cullers ran his record to 3-4 with the victory.
The Utah offense got going in the second inning, putting four runs on the board against UVSC starter Dan Christensen. Center fielder Nate Burnham's two-out, two-run single was the big blow.
The Utes started to pour it on in the fourth. Catcher Cody Guymon and designated hitter Jesse Shriner opened the frame with a single and double, respectively. That knocked Christensen out of the game.
Christensen's replacement, Kyle Kasper, didn't fare very well. Kasper hit third baseman Erich Kemp with a pitch and committed two throwing errors in the inning. He also gave up a two-run blast off the bat of Utah left fielder Dustin Hennis, which ended Kasper's time on the mound. By the time Trevor Pulley got UVSC out of the inning, Utah held an 11-0 lead.
The Utes added four more in the fifth to take a 15-0 lead. The Wolverines lit the scoreboard against Utah reliever Evan Bailey for a single run in the top of the seventh, accounting for the final score.
Utah shortstop Mike Mitchell was 3-for-3 in the contest with three runs scored and two RBIs. Hennis was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored, while Burnham was 2-for-4 with four runs driven in and two scored. The Utes' Corey Shimada scored two runs, but was 0-for-3 and saw a 13-game hitting streak come to an end.