Josh Chapman allowed just one hit in nearly four innings of work for the Utes.
April 24, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah baseball team took an early lead en route to a 15-4 win over Southern Utah on Tuesday evening.
The Utes (11-28) had a season-high 17 hits in the win, led by a 4-for-4 performance by Shaun Cooper. Cooper drove in four runs for the Utes. James Brooks went 3-for-5 while Parker Morin was 2-for-3 with a pair of walks.
On the mound, the Utes used five pitchers, with reliever Josh Chapman picking up the win after throwing 3 2/3 shutout innings, allowing just one hit with three strikeouts. Tanner Tripp earned the start, allowing four runs (two earned) with five hits and two strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings. Joe Pond, Nick Green and Blake Golding also pitched for the Utes.
"I wanted to play a complete game and I'm not so sure we did," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "We swung the bats pretty good today. We made three errors, but I'll still take the infield defense that we have. It was a nice win for us and some guys got to play, so that was good. Hopefully we can get on a streak and keep going. We go back to work tomorrow and get ready for a good Washington club. Tomorrow and Thursday are important to get ready for that series."
The Utes took a quick lead with a four-run first inning. Morin and Brooks each had RBI doubles in the inning. Southern Utah (13-26) scored its first run of the game in the second inning, taking advantage of a throwing error to score Chase Rezak, who led off the inning with a walk.
Utah pushed its lead to 6-1 with two runs in the third inning off a two-RBI bases-loaded single to center field from Gavin Green.
Utah got a run back in the bottom of the fourth after an RBI single from Cooper before taking control of the game for good in the sixth inning with four runs to go up 11-4. Cory Hunt and Tyler Relf led off the inning with hits, Brooks and Nielsen had RBI ground outs and Cooper and Morin drove in runs with hits in the inning.
The Utes added to their lead with a four-run eighth inning.
Southern Utah was led at the plate by Kevin Kline, who went 3-for-4 on the night. The Thunderbirds used four pitchers, with Kolby Rimer earning the loss after throwing the first three innings.
The contest was the final meeting between Utah and SUU, as the Thunderbirds will discontinue their baseball program after this season.
Utah continues at home this weekend with a three-game series against Washington, beginning at noon on Friday, April 27.