Ryan Khoury and the Utes dropped the third game of a three-game series at Santa Clara Sunday.
Feb. 6, 2005
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- An early 6-0 deficit was too much to overcome for the University of Utah baseball team Sunday afternoon. Santa Clara took a 6-3 victory at Buck Shaw Stadium and swept a three-game series from the Utes.
The Broncos took advantage of a two-out error by Utah first baseman Doug Beck. The error led to two unearned runs and a quick 2-0 Santa Clara lead. The Broncos added to their advantage in the third. Dustin Realini hit a solo home run and Matt McColgan added a two-run single, pushing Santa Clara in front 5-0.
"We got behind early and never really got on track until the ninth," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "We didn't have much of a chance until the end."
The Broncos took a six-run lead in the fourth, when Robert Perry doubled and later scored on a wild pitch from Ute reliever Chase Christensen.
Utah (0-3) finally lit the scoreboard in the top of the sixth. Third baseman Jay Brossman singled with two out and later scored on Beck's RBI single to center field. Ute relief pitchers Christensen and Brian Lane kept Santa Clara (4-2) off the scoreboard for four innings in an attempt to let their team's offense get started. But Utah wouldn't threaten again until the ninth inning.
Beck started the Utah ninth by reaching on an error. A single from right fielder Tyler Kay left Utah with two runners on and one out. Center fielder John Welsh delivered a two-run double with two outs to pull the Utes within three, 6-3. But left fielder Seth Tartler grounded out to end the potential rally.
Utah managed just six hits against three Santa Clara pitchers. Welsh was the only Ute with more than one hit, going 2-for-4 with a double and two runs batted-in.
Utah will be back on the road next weekend for a three-game series at TCU. The Horned Frogs, who will be members of the Mountain West Conference next season, are ranked No. 21 in the Baseball America preseason poll.