Brock Duke earned his sixth win of the year against Air Force.
April 30, 2011
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - With a well-rounded performance, the Utah baseball team completed the sweep of Air Force on Saturday, winning game one, 10-6 and game two, 6-1.
"We played very solid baseball today, particularly in the second game," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "It was cold and conditions weren't great, but we fought through that. The starting pitching was outstanding today. Brock Duke was outstanding, and between Joe Pond and Ben Mordini, only giving up one run in this park is really good. James Brooks had another great day at the plate."
The Utes scored runs in seven of nine innings in the 10-6 win in game one to consistently increase their lead. Shaun Cooper hit a two-run home run in the first inning, adding a run in the third on an RBI single from James Brooks and pulling ahead to 5-0 in the fourth on Cody Guymon's RBI single, while Michael Beltran walked with the bases loaded to send in a run.
On the mound, Utah starter Brock Duke had a stellar outing. He forced Air Force into leaving the bases loaded in the second inning and only gave up one more hit in the game through his seven innings. He would earn the win while striking out seven, raising his record to 6-0 on the year.
The Utes added a run in the top of the ninth after Austin Shackeford was hit by the pitch with the bases loaded. Although Air Force was able to add a run in the bottom of the ninth after Vince Capra reached on a throwing error, Wagner successfully closed out the game for his ninth save of the year.
Brooks led Utah at the plate with a 3-for-4 game, while Cooper and Jo Jo Sharrar each had three hits for the Utes.
In game two, Utah broke a 1-1 tie with a five-run third inning. Brooks led off the inning with a triple and it snowballed from there, getting timely hits and taking advantage of a pair of Air Force errors. Sharrar had a two-RBI single in the inning.
Both teams left runners on base throughout the game, with Air Force stranding 10 and Utah leaving eight on.
Sharrar was 3-for-4 with two RBI in the second game to led Utah.
Utah completes its 15-game road stretch and returns to Salt Lake City on May 6 against San Diego State to begin a three-game series.