Trey Nielsen's three-run home run was part of a five-run first inning for Utah.
April 26, 2011
OREM, Utah - James Brooks tied the school record for hits in a game with a 6-for-6 performance against Utah Valley, leading Utah to a 15-8 win on Tuesday evening.
Brooks is the fifth player to have six hits in a game for the Utes. The last player to have six hits in a game was Doug Beck in 2005. Brooks also drove in six runs.
"Brooks had an outstanding performance tonight and was really the catalyst for us," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "We got hits all the way through the lineup."
Utah scored nine runs in the first three innings to take a 9-2 lead. The Utes had five runs in the first inning, most which came off a three-run home run from Trey Nielsen. Utah Valley scored a run in both the first and second innings, cutting the lead to 5-2 before the Utes came back to score four runs in the top of the third. C.J. Cron led off the inning with just his second career triple. Brooks had a two-RBI single with the bases loaded and Guymon also had an RBI single.
With Utah up 10-4, the Wolverines made a big rally in the bottom of the sixth. Kirk Doxey had an RBI single while Goose Kallunki singled with the bases loaded to send across two runs before reliever Kesley Kondo got Kai Hatch to fly out to left center and end the inning with the Utes holding a 10-7 lead.
Utah added insurance runs in the top of the seventh, with Nielsen and Brooks each doubling in the inning as two runs scored. A double from Doxey would lead to a run for the Wolverines in the bottom of the eighth before the Utes capped the ninth with a three-run ninth, again off the bat of Brooks, who had a two-RBI triple in the inning.
Six players had at least two hits for Utah.
Utah used four pitchers, with Luke West earning his first career start. He struck out four, allowing three earned runs and three hits in his 2 2/3 innings. Reliever Stephen Streich pitched three innings for his first win of the season, while Kondo and Tyler Wagner also made appearances.
Utah continues on the road for a three-game series at Air Force, beginning Friday, April 29. Utah will also finish its March 27 game against the Falcons, which was halted at 9-4 in Salt Lake City due to travel plans.