Ryan Khoury had three of Utah's eight hits Saturday.
April 2, 2005
SALT LAKE CITY - Saturday marked the second consecutive day the University of Utah baseball team jumped on top of New Mexico early. It was also the second consecutive day that the Lobos came back behind a complete game from their starting pitcher to take a Mountain West Conference victory over the Utes.
New Mexico rallied from a 3-1 deficit to pick up a 7-3 win over Utah Saturday afternoon at Franklin Covey Field.
The Lobos loaded the bases with one out in the top of the first inning against Utah starter Matt Crockett. But Crockett kept New Mexico from the big inning, allowing just one RBI single to Ian Hollick. Utah answered in the bottom of the first with a three-run outburst against Lobos' starter Danny Ray Herrera.
Center fielder John Welsh opened the inning with a double down the right-field line. Shortstop Ryan Khoury reached on an infield hit and third baseman Doug Beck walked, loading the bases. First baseman Trevor Eastman reached on an error, plating Welsh and tying the game at 1-1. Right fielder Joe Mozeleski grounded into a double play, but Khoury scored to put the Utes up 2-1. Designated hitter Jay Brossman followed with a run-scoring single to push Beck across and give Utah a 3-1 lead.
But that's all the Utes would get against Herrera. The Lobos' lefty allowed three hits in the first inning. From there, he scattered five more hits, while striking out seven in a 135-pitch complete game victory.
New Mexico pulled within one run, 3-2, in the top of the third. Daniel Stovall and Hollick opened the third inning with back-to-back singles. Stovall later scored on a sacrifice bunt from Matt Foote, before Crockett got out of the inning with a one-run lead.
The Lobos added to their edge in the sixth. Haymore walked and Carlson singled to lead off the inning against Ute reliever Brandon Bailey, who came on for Crockett in the fifth. Stovall then lashed a 1-2 offering from Bailey over the left-field wall for a three-run home run. Stovall's bomb put New Mexico on top 7-3.
Utah left at least one runner on base in each of the last four innings, but could not plate another run against Herrera, who improved to 4-1. Crockett was the hard-luck losing pitcher for Utah. His record dropped to 2-6.
Stovall was 4-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored, leading New Mexico at the plate. Hollick was 3-for-5 for the Lobos. Stovall and Hollick combined for seven of New Mexico's nine hits. Khoury was 3-for-5 for Utah with a run scored. Brossman was the only other Ute with more than one hit, going 2-for-4.
The Utah-New Mexico series wraps up Sunday afternoon at Franklin Covey Field. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.