Jay Brossman hit his second home run of the season Saturday.
Feb. 17, 2007
SAN JOSE, Calif. - A six-run fifth inning was too much for the University of Utah baseball team to overcome Saturday at San Jose State. The Spartans rode that big inning to a 9-2 victory over the Utes at Municipal Stadium.
Utah (2-6) grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Center fielder Nate Burnham led off the game with a double down the left-field line. Two batters later, third baseman Jay Brossman belted a home run to left field, staking the Utes to a two-run advantage. It was Brossman's second dinger of the season.
San Jose State (5-3) cut its deficit in half in the bottom of the fourth. The Spartans scored an unlikely run in the frame. Sonny Garza led off with a strikeout, but reached on a wild pitch. He later came around to score on a sacrifice fly, making it 2-1.
Utah starter Lucas Trinnaman had been cruising through the first four innings. But in the fifth, John Shaffer led off with a solo home run and it was all downhill from there for Trinnaman and the Utes. Shaffer's round-tripper tied things at 2-2 and started the six-run inning for San Jose State. The Spartans knocked Trinnaman out of the game one batter later and tallied five more runs after reliever Stephen Fife entered the game. SJSU put together seven hits in the frame to go on top 7-2.
Utah had two runners in scoring position in the sixth, but couldn't capitalize. The Utes never really threatened again. San Jose State added two more runs in the seventh to account for the final tally. The Spartans scratched out that pair of runs off a walk, a hit batsman, a sacrifice, a single and a sacrifice fly.
Trinnaman (0-1) allowed three runs, all earned, in four-plus innings of work for Utah, suffering the loss. Josh Amberson worked 1/3 of an inning for San Jose State, but was awarded the victory. Spartan starter Spencer Snodgrass worked 4 2/3 innings and allowed two runs.
Utah has a chance to salvage the final game of the three-game series on Sunday at Municipal Stadium. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. PST.