Gavin Green drove in two runs and made several great defensive plays in the outfield.
May 20, 2010
SALT LAKE CITY - Behind solid pitching from Jordan Whatcott and Tyler Wagner and great defense in the field, the Utah baseball team defeated New Mexico, 5-2, to open a three-game series on Thursday evening.
"We played really great defense and pitched extremely well to hold New Mexico to two runs," head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "We beat one of the better pitchers in the conference. I am proud of our efforts tonight."
Whatcott pitched six innings, allowing five hits and two runs to pick up his fifth victory of the year. He had five strikeouts. Wagner pitched the final three innings, allowing just one hit with three strikeouts to pick up his second save of the season.
Utah was strong on defense, with diving plays made by several outfielders during the game. Gavin Green had two diving catches in the ninth inning to help secure the game for the Utes while Cooper Blanc ended the game on another diving snag.
Offensively, Utah got on the board early. After Michael Beltran singled up the middle with one out in the first inning, C.J. Cron hit one deep over the right field fence to put the Utes up 2-0. Utah increased its lead to 3-0 in the third inning on Green's home run to right field.
New Mexico scored its first run of the game in the fifth inning. Daniel Gonzalez tripled to left field with one out and would score on a wild pitch. The Utes answered by scoring two runs in the bottom of the fifth, pulling ahead to a 5-1 lead. Tyler Yagi led off the inning with a walk and moved to second on Blanc's sacrifice bunt. Yagi scored as Green hit a bloop single into left field. Green moved to third on a throwing error after stealing second, scoring when Beltran hit a single just past the diving second baseman's glove.
Green was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Beltran went 3-for-3 with a walk. Cron also drove in two runs.
New Mexico pitcher Willy Kesler, who allowed four earned runs over 6.1 innings, picked up just his second loss of the season.
Utah and New Mexico continue on Friday, May 21, at 6:00 p.m. at Spring Mobile Ballpark.