March 13, 2005
WILMINGTON, N.C. -- The University of Utah baseball team dropped a 10-1 decision to North Carolina-Wilmington Sunday. With the win over the Utes, the Seahawks completed the three-game series sweep.
UNC-Wilmington got to Utah starter Matt Crockett for three runs in the bottom of the second to take a 3-0 lead. Daniel Hargrave's two-run double accounted for the first two runs. Hargrave later scored on a Kenny Smith single.
Utah pulled within two runs in the top of the sixth. Seth Tartler was hit by a pitch and advanced to third on a John Welsh double. Tartler then scored on Ryan Khoury's RBI single to left field. But that was the only run the Utes would muster against three Seahawk hurlers.
UNC-W increased its advantage to 5-1 in the bottom of the sixth, answering Utah's single run with a pair of its own. The Seahawks tallied another run in the seventh to take a 6-1 lead. The lead ballooned to 10-1 for UNC-Wilmington in the bottom of the eighth. The big blow in the eighth was Tim Preston's three-run home run off Chase Christensen, who was one of five Utah pitchers to see time on the mound.
Crockett (1-4) suffered the loss, giving up three runs in two innings. Jeff Moore (1-0)pitched six innings for the Seahawks and allowed Utah's only run, while taking the victory.
Utah managed eight hits in the contest, but batted into two double plays and left six runners on base. Khoury was 3-for-4 on the day, while Joe Mozeleski was 2-for-3.
The Utes are back in action again next weekend, opening Mountain West Conference action with a three-game series at San Diego State.