Michael Beltran had four hits and scored three runs for Utah against the Lobos.
April 15, 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - C.J. Cron drove in four runs and Rick Anton pitched seven scoreless innings to lead the Utah baseball team to a 7-1 victory over New Mexico on Friday evening to open a three-game series.
Utah got on the board with a four-run third inning. With one out, Jo Jo Sharrar and Gavin Green both walked to put two on base before three-straight RBI hits from James Brooks, Michael Beltran and Cron drove in three runs. Beltran capped the inning by scoring on a wild pitch for a 4-0 lead.
Anton got out of a jam in the fourth inning after the Lobos loaded the bases with one out, striking out Quay Grant before forcing Landon Joost into a ground out to end the inning.
A two-run home run from Cron in the fifth inning, his eighth of the season, increased Utah's lead to 6-0.
New Mexico again left the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth, while the Utes added another run in the top of the seventh on an RBI double from Cron.
Anton struck out seven in his seven innings, allowing seven hits with two walks. He raises his record to 4-1 on the season with the win.
Anton was replaced in the eighth by Kesley Kondo, who pitched the final two innings and allowed one run on three hits.
Cron went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and four RBI. Beltran was 4-for-5 and scored three runs.
"We played more like we had been," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "Rick really pitched well, and we played really good defense behind him. He had some big strikeouts and we turned a big double play to get out of jams. Things were going right for us tonight and the ball bounced in the right direction at the right time. We had very good timely hitting today. Beltran had a great night, and that aided in the fact that they had to pitch to C.J., who had a fabulous night again."