Joe Pond struck out seven in Utah's win over SDSU.
May 8, 2011
SALT LAKE CITY - Behind a pair of home runs from C.J. Cron, including a walk-off two-run shot in the bottom of the ninth, lifted the Utah baseball team to a 5-3 victory over San Diego State on Sunday afternoon.
After San Diego State tied the game at 2-2 in the seventh inning, each team scored a run in the eighth to keep the score tied at 3-3. With two on and one out in the top of the eighth, Ben Vasko singled through the left side to give the Aztecs the lead before reliever Stephen Streich forced the next two batters into outs to get out of the inning. In the bottom of the frame, Shaun Cooper led off the inning with a triple before scoring on Cody Guymon's single to right field. Pinch-runner Cory Hunt was thrown out at home trying to score on Jo Jo Sharrar's ground out before Tyler Relf flied out to right field to end the inning.
In the ninth, the Aztecs put two on with one out after a walk and a hit before Streich got Jomel Torres to ground into a double play. In the bottom of the frame, Michael Beltran hit a one-out single up the middle before Cron's blast deep to left field ended the game.
"It was a good battle and a well-pitched game by both sides," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "It was great for us to hang in there and win it late. We'll take that every time."
Cron went 3-for-5 with four RBI. Guymon also had three hits, going 3-for-4.
Cron put the first runs of the game up in the third inning with a two-run home run after James Brooks singled.
SDSU tied the game in the seventh, 2-2, as Pond walked Colwell with the bases loaded and two outs before Brandon Meredith struck out swinging, leaving the bases juiced.
Both teams struggled with runners left on base. San Diego State left two runners on in the first and fifth innings, while the Utes loaded the bases in the fourth but could not score any runs. Utah stranded nine overall, while SDSU left 10 runners on base.
Pond went seven innings, striking out seven while allowing two runs on six hits. Streich, who entered in the eighth, earned the win after pitching two innings. He raises his record to 2-1 on the year.
Bryan Crabb earned the loss for SDSU after coming on in the bottom of the ninth. He falls to 1-6 on the season. The Aztecs uses three pitchers, with starter Mitch Bluman allowing two runs and five hits over 3 2/3 innings, while Ethan Miller was solid in 4 1/3 innings in relief, giving up one run on five hits.
Utah travels to Cedar City on Tuesday to play Southern Utah at 1:00 p.m.