May 1, 2009
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Austin Jones hit four home runs and drove in nine runs to power Utah to a 19-12 win over Air Force in Mountain West Conference baseball action Friday afternoon at Falcon Field. The loss drops the Falcons to 14-29, 3-10, while the Utes improved to 17-24, 4-12.
Jones went 4-for-6 on the day with four runs. His second home run on the day was a grand slam that put Utah ahead in the seventh inning.
Utah erupted for seven runs in the seventh, as Jones hit the grand slam to put the Utes ahead 9-8. Corey Shimada put the finishing touches on the inning with a three-run homer to right.
Jones made it a 14-8 game with a two-run shot in the seventh. Utah tacked on five more runs in the ninth, highlighted by a two-run shot by Jones.
Air Force responded with four runs in the ninth but it was a little too late.
Utah had 19 hits in the game. Shimada went 4-for-5 with four RBIs. Tyler Yagi and Michael Beltran added three his as well. Devin Walker also homered for the Utes, who hit six on the day.
Air Force had 15 hits in the game. Nathan Carter went 3-for-5 with two triples and two RBIs. K.J. Randhawa 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and four RBIs. Addison Gentry also added three hits and a home run. Ben Ausbun also had three hits for the Falcons.
Utah reliever Tyler Andersen (1-1) picked up the win. Ute starter Brian Budrow went 5.1 innings, allowing eight runs while striking out six.
Air Force reliever Michael Ruvolo (2-1) took the loss for the Falcons. Falcon starter Casey Allen went five innings, allowing five runs, three earned. Jake Petro, Matt Barattino, Brad Pingel and Jason Griggs also pitched in relief for AFA.
The game looked like a pitchers' duel early on, as both teams did not plate a run till the fourth inning. Utah plated three runs in the top of the fourth before Air Force responded with seven runs in the bottom half of the inning. Utah scored two more in the fifth and Air Force added one in the bottom of the inning.