Jason Price and the Utes dropped a 9-3 decision to San Diego State Saturday.
March 19, 2005
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The University of Utah baseball team dropped a 9-3 decision to San Diego State Friday night at Tony Gwynn Stadium. It was the Mountain West Conference opener for both the Utes and the Aztecs.
San Diego State (6-12, 1-0) broke open a 1-1 game, scoring eight runs from the sixth through eighth innings. The Aztecs cemented their victory with a four-run eighth inning.
San Diego State pushed a single run across the plate in the bottom of the first against Utes' starter Jason Price. Utah (6-12, 0-1) tied the contest at 1-1 in the top of the sixth. Doug Beck led off with a double and later scored on a Jay Brossman sacrifice fly.
The contest wasn't tied long. San Diego State's Tim O'Brien ripped a two-run home run to left field, pushing the Aztecs in front by a tally of 3-1.
The Aztecs' lead didn't last long, either. Utah tied the contest at 3-3 in the top of the seventh. Trevor Eastman and Seth Tartler each singled. John Welsh then knocked a two-run single into right field, plating Eastman and Tartler.
But SDSU answered again. The Aztecs knocked Price out of the contest and scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh, taking a 5-3 edge. San Diego State used five hits and took advantage of a Utah error to pick up four insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth. Brock Ungricht's two-run single was the big blow in the inning, as the Aztecs pushed their edge to 9-3.
Price (1-4) gave up five runs in 6 1/3 innings to suffer the loss for Utah. Bruce Billings (2-2) went seven inings and allowed three runs to pick up the win for SDSU. Andres Esquibel tossed two scoreless innings to record his second save of the season for the Aztecs.
Game two of the series is scheduled for 1 p.m. PST Saturday.