Clayne Garrett homered twice for Utah against Albertson in the home opener Tuesday.
March 8, 2005
SALT LAKE CITY -- The University of Utah baseball team exploded for seven runs in the fourth inning in a 17-4 rout of Albertson College in game one of a doubleheader at Ute Field Tuesday. Clayne Garrett homered twice for the Utes in the contest.
Utah jumped out of the gates quickly. The Utes scored four runs in the bottom of the first and the rout was on. Doug Beck delivered an RBI single and Joe Mozeleski had a sacrifice fly for the first two runs. Clayne Garrett hit the first of his two home runs in the game to make it 4-0.
Utah added a single run on a Jay Brossman RBI single in the second to go on top 5-0. Albertson scored three runs off Ute reliever Bryce Freed in the top of the third, pulling back within two runs, 5-3.
But the Utes scored 12 unanswered runs to quickly regain control. Adam Frank doubled home Trevor Eastman to make it 6-3 in the bottom of the third. Utah then erupted for seven runs in the bottom of the fourth, taking a 13-3 lead. Garrett's two-run home run and a three-run bomb off the bat of John Welsh were the big blows in the inning.
Utah added a single run in the fifth and three in the sixth on a two-run triple from Jay Brossman, accounting for the 17-run total. Albertson added a single run in the seventh for its fourth and final run of the game.
"We played really solidly," head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "We swung the bats well. (Josh) Cooper pitched very well and put zeroes on the board, so we could go out and score more runs."
At the plate, Utah pounded out 16 hits. Eight of the nine Ute starters had at least one hit. Beck led the way, going 4-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Brossman was 3-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs, while Garrett was 2-for-4 with two home runs, four RBIs and two runs scored.