BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A hot start at the plate by the University of Utah’s offensive put the Roadrunner baseball team into a quick hole it was never able to climb out of in a 12-1 loss to the Utes Friday at Hardt Field.

The match-up was the first in a four-game series, which will continue with a doubleheader Saturday at 11 a.m.

Utah (2-3 overall) entered the game hitting .255 following a four-game season-opening series at Loyola Marymount, but quickly jumped on CSUB starting pitcher Mickey Jannis, scoring four runs in the first, three in the second and two in the third.

Leadoff Michael Beltran opened the game by reaching on a fielding error, and later scored on a single by Corey Shimada. Rick Cron followed with an RBI single and Austin Jones capped off the first-inning scoring with a two RBI home run to left field.

Four hits accounted for the Utes three second-inning runs, including a home run by Shimada, while three hits scored two runs in the third.

Jacob Valenzuela replaced Jannis in the fourth, holding Utah scoreless in the inning, but a three RBI homer by Cornu put the Utes up 12-0 through five innings.

Things settled down for the Bakersfield pitching staff after that, as freshman Spenser Messmore threw three successful innings, striking out one and giving up just one hit, and Korie Walkley closed out the ninth by allowing one hit and forcing three ground outs.

The ‘Runners (2-3 overall) were able to get one run back in the sixth, beginning with a Brandon Boren single up the middle. With two outs and Boren on second, Jeremy Rodriguez hit and RBI single to center. Martin Medina looked to keep the rally going with a single up the middle, but Jason Kudlock flied out to right field to end the inning.

Brian Budrow took the win for Utah, striking out six and allowing one run on eight hits in seven innings of work. Tyler Andersen pitched two innings or relief, striking out four and allowing a pair of hits.


Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Utah................ 432 030 000 - 12 13  0
CSU Bakersfield..... 000 001 000 -  1 10  3
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Win - BUDROW (1-0).  Loss - Jannis (0-2).  Save - None.
E - Boren(2); Medina(3); Smith(1). DP - UT 2. LOB - UT 7; CSUB 8. 2B - BELTRAN(2); Geisinger(1). HR - CORNU(1); SHIMADA(1); JONES, A.(1). HBP - JONES, A.; Boren. SH - CORNU(2). SB - SHIMADA(2). CS - JONES, A.(1).