Trevor Eastman was 3-for-6 and delivered the game-winning RBI Friday night against UCLA.
Feb. 19, 2005
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- It took 11 innings at Jackie Robinson Stadium, but the University of Utah baseball team finally found its way into the win column Friday night. The Utes defeated UCLA by a tally of 7-4 to pick up their first victory of the season.
Utah hammered out 15 hits and took advantage of five Bruin errors to take the extra-inning victory.
The Utes trailed 4-3 heading into the ninth inning. Catcher Adam Frank delivered a one-out single to center field. Mike Tummolo came on to run for Frank. UCLA brought in Adam Simon in relief of starter Hector Ambriz. Simon struck out Utah's John Welsh for the second out of the inning. But Seth Tartler singled to center to put runners at the corners.
Neither team threatened in the 10th. But Utah got things going in the 11th frame. Welsh led off with a single to left. Joe Mozeleski followed with a base hit to right, putting runners at first and third, knocking Simon out of the game. Daniel Miltenberger came on in relief for the Bruins.
Khoury delivered a sacrifice fly to left field to push Welsh across the plate with the go-ahead run, 5-4. Welsh later scored when Mozeleski reached on an error, giving Utah a 6-4 advantage. The Utes got an insurance run when Mozeleski scored on a Tyler Kmetko single to make it 7-4.
Utah right-hander Brian Lane (1-1) pitched a scoreless 11th inning to close out the Utes' first victory. Lane came on in the 10th. He pitched two scoreless innings, walking one and recording one strikeout.
Lane followed up strong performances from starter Jason Price and Cooper. Price tossed 7 1/3 innings, allowing just three runs. He struck out six and walked just one. Cooper went 1 2/3 innings and did not allow an earned run.
"Price, Cooper and Lane pitched very well," Kinneberg said. "Price was outstanding holding that lineup to three runs."
Utah struck first in the contest, taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Khoury singled and later scored on a Doug Beck infield hit. UCLA tied it in the second when Eric Taylor led off the inning with a triple and scored on an RBI groundout.
Utah regained the lead, 3-1, in the fourth. Eastman singled with one out and moved to second on a wild pitch. Eastman scored on a Clayne Garrett single to right field. Garrett later came around to score on a run-scoring single from Welsh.
The Bruins pulled within one in the seventh. Chris Denove led off the inning with a double and scored on a Mike Metzger single to left. UCLA took a 4-3 lead in the eighth. Will Penniall drew the only walk allowed by Price to lead off the inning. A sacrifice bunt moved Penniall to second and ended Price's evening.
Cooper came on in relief and gave up an RBI single to Sean Smith, tying the game at 3-3. UCLA scored another run to take the 4-3 advantage when Cooper's failed pickoff attempt allowed Smith to advance to third and later score on a single by Taylor.
Simon (1-1) took the loss for the Bruins. UCLA's defensive woes and Utah's timely hitting spoiled Ambriz's strong start. Ambriz pitched 8 1/3 innings, allowing just two earned runs, striking out eight and walking just one.
Eastman led Utah at the plate, going 3-for-6 with an RBI and a run scored. Garrett, Mozeleski and Welsh all had a pair of hits for the Utes.
"I think it is probably a big relief for everybody," Kinneberg said of his team's first win. "Maybe we learned that we can stay close to people and win in the end. Hopefully it will give us some confidence going into tomorrow and Sunday's games."
Utah and UCLA are slated to play game two of the series Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. PST.