Jason Price struck out five and picked up his first win of the season Friday.
Feb. 25, 2005
Price (1-1) pitched 6 2/3 innings, struck out five and allowed just three earned runs to pick up his first victory of the season. Cooper tossed 2 1/3 innings in relief, striking out five and picking up his first save of the season.
"Price and Cooper pitched extremely well," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "They struck out 10 and only walked two. They really did a nice job of keeping (Loyola Marymount) off the bases."
Utah (2-6) built a 4-1 lead through the first four and one-half innings. Loyola Marymount (2-4) got to Price for single runs in the fifth and sixth to pull within one run, 4-3. With runners at second and third and two outs, Cooper was called out of the bullpen. He induced pinch hitter A.J. LaMonda to fly out to center field and preserved the Utes' one-run advantage.
Utah picked up an insurance run in the top of the seventh. Third baseman Jay Brossman led off the inning with a single. He later scored on a sacrifice fly to right field from left fielder Joe Mozeleski to give Cooper and the Utes a 5-3 cushion.
Cooper didn't need it. He retired the Lions in order in the seventh and eighth. Loyola Marymount did manage to muster a pair of singles against Cooper in the ninth, but that was all the damage the Lions would do.
Utah got on the scoreboard in the top of the first when shortstop Ryan Khoury doubled down the left-field line and later scored on second baseman Doug Beck's sacrifice fly. LMU tied things up with a single run off Price in the third inning.
Utah took a three-run lead in the fifth. Beck reached on an error and later scored on a Mozeleski groundout, giving the Utes a 4-1 advantage.
"We got more key hits today," Kinneberg said. "But we're still leaving too many runners on base. We played good defense today. When the ball was in play, we made plays."
Brossman led the way at the plate for Utah. He was 3-for-5 with a run scored. Welsh was 2-for-5 with an RBI. The Utes did not commit an error in the contest, while taking advantage of three LMU miscues. Each team had eight hits in the contest.
Game two of the three-game set is slated for 1 p.m. PST Saturday afternoon.