Jason Price came on in relief in Tuesday's first game and suffered the loss, giving up one run in 2 2/3 innings.
March 1, 2005
CEDAR CITY, Utah -- The University of Utah made two costly errors in Tuesday afternoon's first game of a doubleheader at Southern Utah. The Utes allowed unearned runs in the third and fourth innings and dropped a 3-2 decision.
Utah opened the scoring in the second when Joe Mozeleski singled up the middle. He later came around to score on a Clayne Garrett double to left field. Southern Utah tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the third when Greg Marshall doubled to left and later scored on an error by Utah second baseman Tyler Kmetko.
Southern Utah grabbed the lead in the fourth. Trever Dimick reached on a two-out error by Ute shortstop Ryan Khoury. Dimick came around to score on a wild pitch from Utah starting pitcher Josh Cooper. The second unearned run of the game gave the Thunderbirds a 2-1 advantage.
Utah entered the seventh inning needing at least one run to stay alive. The Utes got that run when Mike Tummolo delivered an RBI single to left-center field. Tummolo's big hit scored Mike Mitchell, who was pinch-running for Trevor Eastman after Eastman was hit by a pitch.
Southern Utah's Darren Duckworth singled to left field to open the bottom of the seventh. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. The Utes intentionally walked an SUU batter to put the double play in order. Jason Price, who came on in relief in the fifth then got a strikeout for the second out of the inning. Utah brought Brian Lane in from the bullpen to face Jason Ruiz. But Ruiz delivered a base hit through the left side, plating Duckworth with the game-winning run.
Utah put six hits together, while holding Southern Utah to just four hits. But the two errors cost the Utes. Mozeleski was 2-for-3 and was the only Utah player to have more than one hit.