Jay Brossman had two of Utah's 10 hits Saturday.
March 12, 2005
WILMINGTON, N.C. -- The University of Utah baseball team turned a 5-2 advantage over to its normally reliable bullpen Saturday afternoon at Brooks Field. Unfortunately for the Utes, the bullpen allowed seven runs in the eighth inning and the Seahawks came from behind to take a 9-5 victory.
Utah (6-10) scored single runs in each of the first three innings, jumping out to a 3-1 advantage. Doug Beck delivered an RBI single in the top of the first. Ryder Olsen doubled and later scored on an error in the second and Joe Mozeleski ripped a run-scoring double down the right-field line in the third. UNC-Wilmington (9-10) lit the scoreboard once in the second to account for the 3-1 tally after three frames.
Utah increased its advantage to 5-1 in the top of the sixth. Olsen drew a one-out walk and scored when Seth Tartler doubled to center field. Tartler stole third and later scored on a John Welsh sacrifice fly, staking Utah to a three-run lead, 5-2.
Utah starter Chad Cullers shut the Seahawks down for five innings, allowing just one run on five hits, while striking out three. Ute reliever Josh Cooper, who had yet to allow an earned run all season, took over in the sixth. UNC-Wilmington tallied one in the seventh, when Daniel Hargrave led off with an infield single and later scored on a sacrifice fly, pulling the Seahawks within 5-2.
But the wheels really came off for Utah in the eighth. UNC-W's Tim Preston opened the inning with a double down the left-field line. He scored on a John Raynor triple. Raynor then scored to make it 5-4 on a Lee McLean single up the middle. That knocked Cooper from the game and Brian Lane took the hill. It wasn't much better for Lane.
Utah mustered just one hit in the ninth against UNC-W closer Adam Paul. Thomas Benton (1-1) pitched two scoreless innings in relief for the Seahawks to take the win. Lane (2-2) suffered the loss for the Utes. He allowed four runs -- just two of which were earned.
Jay Brossman and Mozeleski were the only Utah batters with more than one hit. Brossman was 2-for-3 with one run scored, while Mozeleski was 2-for-4 with one RBI. Kenny Smith went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored to lead UNC-Wilmington at the plate.
The third and final game of this series is slated for Sunday afternoon.