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 Chung.
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 advantage.
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 career save.
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.