GRAMBLING, La. - Junior shortstop Bo Cuthbertson belted two home runs for Southern
Utah University who posted a 15-11 victory over Grambling State University
The Thunderbirds recorded a season-high 18
hits to improve to 6-8 while Grambling State fell to 5-10. SUU had Cuthbertson,
redshirt-junior Mitchell Kauweloa and junior David Ricker each record three
hits while redshirt-junior Justin Neuhart added two hits and three RBI while
homering in his second consecutive game. Cuthbertson and Kauweloa each drove in
three runs and Cuthbertson also scored four times.
Southern Utah backed freshman starter Chris
Chung's strong five-plus innings with a four-run sixth, a three-run seventh and
a two-run eighth to hold on for the win. Redshirt-sophomore reliever Andy
Harvey threw the final 2.2 innings to pick up the save and preserve the win for
SUU scored a pair of runs in the first two
innings on Kauweloa's two-out RBI-single in the first and Neuhart's homer that
led off the second. The Thunderbirds then put up three runs in the third as
Cuthbertson homered to start the inning before Ricker added a sacrifice fly
that scored Kauweloa and Neuhart later came across on a first-and-third double
steal to five SUU a 5-0 lead.
The Tigers answered in their half of the
third with three runs, taking advantage for two SUU errors, a wild pitch and a
bases-loaded walk to cut the Thunderbird lead to 5-3. Grambling State again
chipped away at the SUU lead with a single run off of Chung in the fourth
before tying the game in the fifth on a two-out triple.
The Southern Utah bats broke things open in
the sixth, scoring four runs on a Neuhart two-run single that also saw junior
centerfielder Marcus Romero score from first after an error by the GSU
leftfielder. Freshman Tariq Staton then followed with an RBI-triple to score
Neuhart and give SUU a 9-5 lead.
Grambling State used a pair of homers in the
bottom of the sixth to keep it a two-run game but SUU added three more runs in
the seventh. Romero doubled home sophomore Chase Rezac before Cuthbertson
stepped in and launched his second big fly of the afternoon to open up a 12-7
The Tigers again answered, scoring four runs
off the Thunderbird bullpen in the seventh to again make it a one-run game,
12-11 at the end of seven complete innings.
Kauweloa gave SUU some breathing room in the
eighth, lining a two-out two-run single to give the Thunderbirds a three-run cushion
before freshman Stephen Rockhill's RBI sacrifice fly in the ninth brought home
the game's final run. Harvey made the late-inning lead stand up, firing the 2.2
scoreless innings, striking out two and not allowing a hit to record his first
Chung improved to 2-1 after striking out five
in his five-plus innings.
SUU continues on the road with a three-game
series at Utah Valley University beginning on Thursday in Orem, Utah.