Dustin Hennis had two doubles in Saturday's win over UNLV.
April 28, 2007
LAS VEGAS - The University of Utah baseball team pounded out 17 hits and scored five runs in the final two innings Saturday afternoon at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. The offensive barrage allowed the Utes to overcome four errors and take a 10-6 win over UNLV in Mountain West Conference action.
The victory pulled Utah's record even at 21-21. The Utes reached the .500 mark after starting the season with a 2-12 record. In addition to Utah's overall mark, the win gave Utah a 9-5 mark in conference play. UNLV falls to 14-31 overall and 3-11 in the MWC.
Utah trailed 6-5 after seven innings. But the Utes tallied four runs in the eighth and another in the ninth. In the eighth inning, Utah put runners at the corners with one out. Left fielder Dustin Hennis singled to left field to score Nate Burnham and tie the game at 6-6. Then, with two outs and runners at second and third, designated hitter Cody Guymon pushed a single up the middle, plating Hennis and first baseman Jay Brossman. Guymon later came around to score when third baseman Erich Kemp reached on an error, giving the Utes a 9-6 lead. Reliever Lucas Trinnaman tossed a scorless eighth inning to maintain Utah's three-run edge.
In the ninth, Brossman singled and later scored on a successful double steal to put the Utes up by four. Utah closer Brett Bruneel preserved the victory with a one-two-three ninth inning.
Utah jumped on top 4-0 through the first three innings against UNLV starter Matt Hutchison. Ute left fielder Dustin Hennis doubled home a run in the first, while center fielder Nate Burnham tallied an RBI in the second. In the third, right fielder John Welsh had an RBI groundout, while designated hitter Bret Baldwin stroked an RBI double to center field.
Hennis, Shriner and Brossman led the way for the Utes at the plate. Hennis was 4-for-6 with two doubles, two runs and two RBIs. Shriner was 3-for-4 with a run scored and Brossman was 3-for-3 with three runs. Keith Smith and Xavier Scruggs accounted for eight of UNLV's 13 hits, as both went 4-for-5.
Geoff Wolfgramm pitched a scoreless seventh inning for Utah to pick up the victory. He improved to 1-1. The Utes ran five pitchers to the mound in the victory. Chris Saddoris (0-5) allowed two runs in one-third of an inning in the eighth to suffer the loss.
Utah will go for the series sweep Sunday. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. PDT.