Bryn Card fanned six USAFA batters in hurling the Utes to victory in the nightcap today.
May 10, 2008
USAFA, Colo. - In a rare conference doubleheader this afternoon, the University of Utah baseball team rallied in the bottom of the sixth in game one to tally the 6-3 win over Air Force. The Utes controlled game two from start to finish in clipping the Falcons, 17-3. Those were the third and fourth straight wins for Utah, which sees its record improve to 20-24 overall and to 8-12 in Mountain West Conference play.
Game one was a seven-inning tilt while the second game of the twinbill was a full nine-inning affair.
"It was windy, and it was cold," said head coach Bill Kinneberg. "It seemed like the wind changed direction every inning, and that made it a tough day all the way around. I think our pitchers did a nice job all day handling the elements, and I think the hitters did a better job of hitting the ball out of the air in game two.
"I'm proud of our pitching today, and I felt that we played pretty solid defense."
The Utes pounded out 35 hits on the afternoon. In game one, they tallied 12 hits, led by the 2-for-3, two-RBI effort of Jesse Shriner. Austin Jones was a not-too-shabby 2-for-4 with two RBI as well. Game two saw the Utes smack the ball around Falcon Field 23 times. Cody Guymon was the offensive tour-de-force in the nightcap, going 4-for-5 with a team-best four RBI and three runs. Dustin Hennis went 4-for-6 with three RBI.
On the flip side, Utah's pitching only gave up half as many hits as its rival. AFA recorded nine hits in game one and eight hits in the second game. Utah starter Brian Budrow got the nod in game one, and he got the win in throwing six innings. Budrow allowed nine hits and three earned runs. Reliever Robert Chimpky came on in the ninth to pick up his sixth save of the year. He whiffed two of the three batters faced in preserving the Ute win.
The same two teams will wrap up this four-game conference series tomorrow afternoon. First pitch at Falcon Field is set for noon.
Game 1 - Utah 6, USAFA 3
The Utes rallied in the bottom of the sixth to capture the 6-3, seven-inning win here in game one of a doubleheader at Falcon Field this afternoon. It was a seven-inning game as the two rivals were making up a game that was rained out in Salt Lake City back on March 30. Utah was the home team.
Air Force broke a 2-2 tie in the top of fifth when Nathan Carter hit a leadoff double. Back-to-back wild pitches allowed him to score, giving AFA the 3-2 lead.
But, Utah scored four in the bottom of the sixth to complete the rally. A one-out bases-loaded single off the bat of Shriner scored two runs. It allowed Corey Shimada and Nick Kuroczko to score, giving Utah the 4-2 lead. Then, it was Jones who gave Utah the insurance it needed to secure the win. He hit a two-RBI double to the gap in right-center field. That scored Hennis and Shriner, and it lifted Utah to the 6-3 win.
Jake Petro took the loss for Air Force in going 5.1 innings. He allowed nine hits and four earned runs.
Game 2 - Utah 17, USAFA 3
The Utes led from wire to wire in game two, recording the 17-3 nine-inning win here at Falcon Field in the night cap.
Utah raced out to the 3-1 lead after the first inning of play. Guymon got the Utes on the board first when his RBI single scored Shimada. Hennis' RBI-double scored Guymon and Cooper Blanc's bounding ball up the middle scored Hennis.
USAFA responded with one in the bottom of the first, but Utah got the game-winning run in the third. Guymon hit a one-out single up the middle, and he advanced to second on a past ball. Shriner, in turn, plated Guymon when he hit a single up the middle.
The Falcons scored two more run in the bottom of the fifth, but Utah exploded for four in the sixth and eight in the ninth as it ran away with the 14-run win.
Falcon hurler David Miller takes the loss, having thrown 5.2 innings. He allowed 12 hits, eight earned runs and three walks. Miller did strike out five Utah batters.