Junior Shad McCord earned his second win of the season Tuesday.
April 27, 2004
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah baseball team held off a late Utah Valley State rally to defeat the Wolverines 12-9 at Ute Field this afternoon, avenging a loss at UVSC last week. With the win, the Utes improve to 13-23 overall.
Junior Shad McCord earned the win on the mound, improving to 2-0 on the season. He pitched six innings, giving up two runs on six hits, while striking out five. Freshman Travis Kohn got the save, his first of the year.
Utah Valley State took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, plating one run on a base hit.
The Utes fired back in the bottom of the inning, scoring four runs. Senior Eric Chevalier singled up the middle, scoring two, and made it all the way home on a fielding error by the UVSC center fielder. Utah's final run of the inning came on a fielder's choice, giving the Utes a 4-1 lead.
Utah plated a run in the bottom of the third on a passed ball and another in the fourth on a throwing error by the Wolverine shortstop to go up 6-1.
The Utes put the game away in the fifth, plating six runs on just three hits. After senior Jared Pena walked to lead off the inning, senior Michael Westfall, Jr. homered to left field, scoring two. Senior Cort Wilson later doubled, driving in Trevor Eastman, who reached on an error. After one UVSC pitching change, Ryan Khoury and Jay Brossman both walked, loading the bases and forcing another pitching change. The next batter, junior Matt Ciaramella walked, scoring another run. Chevalier then hit a double down the right field line, scoring the final two runs and giving Utah a 12-1 lead.
In the top of the ninth, UVSC scored four runs on four hits off two different pitchers to cut the Ute lead to three, but that was as close as they would get.
At the plate, Chevalier was 2-for-3 with two runs and four RBI, while Westfall was 3-for-5 with one run scored and one driven in. Wilson was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI.
Utah travels to Provo, Utah, for a three-game series at Brigham Young this Thursday-Saturday, April 29-May 1.