Utah retained its shot at a Western Athletic Conference playoff berth with a 7-5 win over Colorado State in the opener of a scheduled doubleheader Saturday.
The second game was called due to rain with the Rams leading 3-2 in the fourth inning.Utah gained a 3-0 lead in the first inning courtesy of Rams' starter Brian Martin. He surrendered two hits in the inning, including a two-run homer by Shaun Peters. The Utes added three more runs in the third and an insurance run in the fourth.
Trailing 6-2 in the sixth, the Rams scored twice on back-to-back doubles by Chris Campbell and Tony Salvato and a run-scoring single by Steve Sawyer.
Faced with a 7-4 deficit in the seventh, the Rams scored again when Luke Ogelsby singled, stole second and scored on a sacrifice fly.
Utah, with records of 22-26 overall and 11-8 in the WAC, is a half-game away from fourth place in the WAC and a playoff berth. The Rams fell to 18-35 and 5-16.
The Rams will close out their season with a four-game WAC series at Brigham Young, still seeking its first 20-win season since 1980.