Jay Brossman went deep for the fourth time this season in Friday's win.
March 9, 2007
CEDAR CITY, Utah - The University of Utah baseball team snapped an eight-game losing streak Friday afternoon. The Utes used a late surge to take a 9-3 win over Southern Utah at Thunderbird Park.
The contest was tied 3-3 going into the seventh. Utah (3-12) scored a single run in the top of the seventh to go on top, 4-3. Catcher Jesse Shriner reached on an infield single and later scored on a sacrifice fly.
The Utes got all the insurance they would need in the eighth. Center fielder Nate Burnham walked, followed by a single from second baseman Corey Shimada. First baseman Jay Brossman then ripped his fourth home run of the season. The three-run shot put Utah on top 7-3.
A pair of Ute runs in the ninth accounted for the final score. Third baseman Erich Kemp drove in a run with an RBI single and then scored on Burnham's run-scoring single.
Utah took an early 3-0 lead in the contest, scoring a single run in the second and two in the third. In the first, right fielder John Welsh doubled and later scored. Brossman doubled and scored, while Welsh singled and scored in the third. Southern Utah (3-16) scored three runs off Ute starter Eric King in the bottom of the third to tie it up, setting up Utah's late-game barrage.
Stephen Fife (2-1) worked the final six innings for Utah to pick up the victory. Fife allowed just two hits, striking out eight and allowing just one base on balls. Brossman led the Utes going 3-for-5 with two runs and three RBIs. Welsh was 4-for-5 with two runs scored for Utah, as well.
The rubber game of the three-game set is slated for Saturday afternoon at Thunderbird Park.