Ute starter Brian Budrow struck out six over 6.1 innings, picking up his fifth win of the season.
May 20, 2009
FORT WORTH - The Utah baseball team used a six-run fourth inning to down No. 10 ranked and No. 1 seeded TCU, 9-7, on Wednesday evening in the second round of the MWC Tournament at Lupton Stadium.
It is the first time in tournament history that a No. 6 seed has beaten a No. 1 seed. The Utes move on to face the only other undefeated team in the winners bracket, No. 4 seed San Diego State, on Thursday, May 21, at 7:00 p.m. (CT).
Down 4-2 going into the fourth inning, Utah's first three batters each singled to load the bases. Michael Beltran started the rally with a single down the right field line while Corey Shimada singled to left center before Tyler Yagi beat out a well-placed, slow-rolling bunt down the left field line to reach first safely. Nick Kuroczko reached on a fielders choice to send Beltran home for an RBI before freshman C.J. Cron stepped to the plate and doubled to deep right center, sending Kuroczko and Shimada across the plate to give the Utes a 5-4 lead. The rally continued as Devin Walker, Austin Jones and Rick Cornu all walked, sending Cron in. Cooper Blanc had a two RBI single to right center with the bases loaded to score the final two runs of the inning for Utah, giving the team an 8-4 lead.
Utah scored an insurance run in the top of the seventh, while TCU added three more runs in the late innings, but could not pull ahead.
"This is a great win for us," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "We really did a lot of things well tonight to beat a good team in TCU. Budrow really battled. After we got a lead, he put some zeros up, which was really important, and Krause shut the door at the end. The pitching was outstanding against a good club. Scoring those six runs was really huge for us."
Yagi went 3-for-6 on the night, while Shimada, Kuroczko, Walker and Beltran each had a pair of hits. Kuroczko, Blanc and Cron each had two RBI.
Utah took a 1-0 lead in the first inning off an RBI single from Walker before TCU came back in the bottom of the inning to go up 2-1 after Chris Ellington hit a two RBI single to left field.
The Utes tied the game at the top of the second with Cornu crossing the plate on a throwing error, but TCU added runs in the bottom of the second and the third innings to go up 4-2 before Utah's big inning in the fourth.
Ellington was 3-for-5 for TCU with three RBI. Starting pitcher Paul Gerrish pitched three innings, falling to 5-2 on the year.