Senior Jared Pena was 5-of-6 with three extra-base hits in the second win of the day Saturday.
May 8, 2004
SALT LAKE CITY - The fact that the two teams were playing their fourth game in two days was evident in the second half of the doubleheader between Utah and Air Force this evening, as the Utes rattled off 24 hits in a six-and-a-half inning 25-3 win at Franklin Covey Field. With the win, Utah's fifth in a row, the Utes improve to 18-27 overall and 9-13 in Mountain West Conference play.
Junior Shad McCord (3-0) earned the win on the mound, pitching all seven innings. He gave up three runs on seven hits, while striking out seven and walking none.
Air Force took an early lead, plating one run in the top of the first on an RBI-single.
Utah answered in the bottom of the inning when freshman John Welsh led off with a triple to center field. He came home on a ground out by senior Eric Chevalier. Freshman Jay Brossman, who reached on a walk, then scored on a wild pitch to put Utah up 2-1.
In the top of the second, Air Force scored on an RBI-double to tie the game at two apiece.
The bottom of the second saw Utah score 10 runs on six hits, including a one-run double by junior Trevor Eastman, an RBI-single by Matt Ciaramella, a Chevalier two-run single, an RBI-double by senior Jared Pena, a two-run base hit by senior Cort Wilson and a Welsh RBI-single. The inning also included two Falcon errors, two hit batsmen and three walks.
Air Force plated one run in the top of the third inning on a single. Utah came back with one run in the bottom of the inning on a Pena one-run single to make it a 13-3 ballgame.
The Utes had another big inning in the sixth, with three home runs. Pena led off with a solo homer to left field. With two on, Eastman doubled to center field, plating two. Wilson then hit a bomb into the net in center to score two more. TJ Floyd then capped off the inning with a shot over the left field fence for the 25-3 final score.
Utah, which had 15 extra-base hits (seven doubles, four triples and four home runs), was led at the plate by Pena, who was 5-for-6 with two runs and three RBI, with two doubles and the homer. Wilson was 4-for-5 with three runs and six driven in, with a triple and a long ball. Eastman went 3-for-5 with three doubles, five runs scored and four RBI, while Chevalier was 3-for-4 with two runs and three RBI. Ciaramella (2-for-6) and Welsh (2-for-5) were the other Utes with multi-hit games.
The two teams close out the series at noon tomorrow, May 9.