Jason Price suffered a tough-luck loss Friday afternoon against New Mexico.
April 1, 2005
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah baseball team let a 2-0 lead slip away and a strong outing from starting pitcher Jason Price went by the wayside Friday afternoon at Franklin Covey Field. New Mexico came from behind to take a 5-2 win over the Utes in the first of a three-game Mountain West Conference series.
Utah jumped on top in the second inning against Lobo starter Jason Fernandez. Utah catcher Trevor Eastman got the inning started with a one-out double to right-center field. First baseman Clayne Garrett walked and left fielder Seth Tartler was hit by a pitch, loading the bases. An RBI single from center fielder John Welsh pushed Eastman across the plate. Shortstop Ryan Khoury followed with a run-scoring single of his own to make it 2-0.
The Utes had a chance for more in the second. But third baseman Jay Brossman lined out to New Mexico shortstop Ryan Barba, who doubled up Welsh at second base to end the inning. That's all Utah would get against Fernandez.
Price held the Lobos at bay for much of the contest. New Mexico picked up a single run in the fourth when designated hitter Chris Carlson lashed a one-out triple to right-center. Carlson scored when first baseman Daniel Stovall reached on an error, pulling the Lobos within one run, 2-1.
Price didn't run into any trouble again until the seventh. Carlson led off the inning with a double down to the left-field corner. He scored when right fielder Chris Dabbs doubled to virtually the same spot, tying the game at 2-2. It looked as though the Utes were out of the inning when Lobo center fielder Matt Foote pushed a ground ball toward Utah second baseman Doug Beck. Beck misplayed it for an error, prolonging the inning.
Meanwhile, Fernandez was cruising on the mound for New Mexico. Utah managed just one single over the final four innings and Fernandez ran his record to 5-3 with the 112-pitch complete game. He scattered six hits and allowed just two runs, while striking out four and walking just two.
Carlson led New Mexico at the plate. He was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and one RBI. Stovall had two runs batted-in for the Lobos.
Price fell to 1-6 with the loss. He allowed just two unearned runs in 6 2/3 innings of work, while striking out six. Cooper gave up five hits and two runs, while striking out four and walking one in 2 1/3 innings.
Khoury and Eastman each had a pair of hits for Utah, which mustered just six on the day.
The Utes and Lobos continue their series Saturday afternoon at Franklin Covey Field. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.