Bret Baldwin was 3-for-3 and scored four runs in Wednesday's win over Southern Utah.
April 19, 2006
SALT LAKE CITY -- With more than a month remaining in the 2006 season, the University of Utah baseball team has already matched its winning total from last season. The Utes defeated Southern Utah 10-5 Wednesday at Ute Field.
With the victory, Utah improved to 19-15 overall this season. The Utes were 19-36 last season.
Utah used a big seventh inning to put the Thunderbirds away. Utah led 4-3 after six innings, but sent 10 batters to the plate in the seventh, pushing six of them across the plate. The first eight batters in the inning reached base safely and the first six of them scored to make it 10-3.
Utah first baseman Jay Brossman put the first leak in the dam with a bloop double to right-center, leading off the inning. Center fielder John Welsh was hit by a pitch and third baseman Erich Kemp singled on a sacrifice bunt attempt, loading the bases. Brossman scored on a passed ball. Pinch-hitter Mike Tummolo then opened the flood gates, ripping a two-run double to left-center, pushing Welsh and Kemp across to make it 7-3.
Second baseman Bret Baldwin then lined a double to left, scoring Tummolo. Pinch hitter Eric King also doubled, pushing Baldwin home. The next batter, left fielder Corey Shimada, singled to score Mike Mitchell, who was running for King. Shimada's RBI made it 10-3.
Southern Utah (20-14) scored two runs of Utah reliever Shad McCord in the eighth, but it was too little, too late.
The Thunderbirds took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second on a solo home run by Amos Burgess. Utah tied it in the bottom half when Shimada doubled home Baldwin, who scored four runs in the contest.
It remained deadlocked at 2-2 until the sixth. Baldwin walked in front of Josh Bell's first home run of the season. The two-run shot to left-center gave Utah a 4-2 advantage. SUU scored a single run off Ute reliever Brian Lane in the seventh to pull within 4-3.
Lane (1-0) worked three innings of relief, allowing one run on three hits to pick up the victory. He struck out six Thunderbird batters and didn't allow a walk. Larry Ellenbrook (3-4) suffered the loss for Southern Utah. He allowed seven runs in two innings of relief work.
Baldwin led the Utes at the plate. He was 3-for-3 with four runs scored and one RBI. Shortstop Ryan Khoury and Shimada also had a pair of hits each for Utah.
The Utes will travel to Albuquerque, N.M. for a three-game series with New Mexico this weekend. Utah will also play the final inning of a suspended game with the Lobos, in which the Utes hold an 11-4 lead. That game was started back on April 2 at the MWC Preseason Tournament in San Diego.