Thunderbirds Come from Behind to Knock off Chicago State
Courtesy: SUU Media Relations
Release: 03/23/2012
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CEDAR CITY, Utah –March 23, After falling behind early the Thunderbirds plated five runs in the fifth inning to snatch a 7-6 victory from visiting Chicago State Friday. SUU catcher Taggart Lunceford drove in two runs in the game, including the go ahead score in the bottom of the fifth to help Southern Utah improve to 4-16 on the year.

SUU found itself in a 2-0 hole after the Cougars were able to plate a pair of runs in the top of the second, but the Thunderbirds would come back with RBI single from Lunceford in the bottom half of the frame to cut the deficit in half. Southern Utah then leveled the score in the third when Bo Cuthbertson drove a ball to deep left field to score Brad Royer from third.

Chicago State made its push over the next two innings as Shane McGaharan, Mattingly Romanin and Ryan Malhotra each recorded RBI doubles to help the Cougars go ahead by a count of 6-2.

“I was very with their hitting,” said SUU head coach David Eldredge. “They were able to get 12 hits off of Neubauer and most teams don’t do that.”

Then in the bottom of the fifth the Thunderbirds rallied with five runs on five hits for their first lead of the game. Marcus Romero started the scoring with a two-run RBI triple to right field and then came home after a base-knock from Justin Neuhart. After a Mitchell Kauweloa double advanced Neuhart to third, the SUU third baseman was able to pick up another run on a passed ball to level the score at six runs apiece. Lunceford would then put a ball into right field to plate the go ahead run and Southern Utah held on to a one-run lead over the last four innings for the 7-6 victory.

Junior lefty Justin Neubauer (3-1) earned the win for SUU after striking out five batters in seven innings. Kolby Rimer and Andy Harvey each tossed an inning of scoreless relief to help the Thunderbirds hold on for the win.

“I was happy with the two zeroes our relievers put up, but I think they can continue to get better,” commented Eldredge. “We fell behind in the count and gave up some walks that we didn’t need to.”

Chicago State starter Dylan Carpen lasted four innings while allowing nine hits and six earned runs. Cougar reliever Dylan Sterrett (0-3) took the loss for the visitors who fall to 0-16 for the season.

Southern Utah will return to the diamond on Saturday for a doubleheader with the visiting Cougars. The two-game set will start in Thunderbird Park at 12 p.m.
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