Utah outfielder Joe Mozeleski tracks down a fly ball Sunday against New Mexico. (Photo by Brent Asay/Salt Lake Stingers)
April 3, 2005
SALT LAKE CITY - New Mexico scored 11 runs in the first four innings against three different University of Utah pitchers Sunday afternoon at Franklin Covey Field. The Lobos cruised to a 12-3 win from there, sweeping a three-game Mountain West Conference series from the Utes.
New Mexico (15-15, 5-4 MWC) tagged Utah starter Bryce Freed for four runs in the first inning. Chris Dabbs two-run single to right field was the big blow in the inning. The Lobos added three more in the second inning. Daniel Stovall's RBI single knocked Freed from the game with two outs. Josh Madsen came on in relief and allowed two more runs, both charged to Freed.
Three more runs for New Mexico in the third made it 10-0. Garrick Haymore laced a two-run triple to right-center field against Utah reliever Brian Hedman. Haymore later scored on a Ute error. The Lobos made it 11-0 in the fourth when Jeff Grady doubled with two outs and then scored when Utah center fielder John Welsh and left fielder Tyler Kay collided trying to track down an Ian Hollick line drive.
From there, Hedman and Steven Collora, the fourth Utah pitcher of the game, held New Mexico scoreless for four consecutive innings. But the Ute offense couldn't take advantage. Utah (7-19, 1-8 MWC) finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh. The Utes put together consecutive singles from Jay Brossman, Ryder Olsen and Jake Waldram to finally light the scoreboard. Tyler Kay was hit by a pitch to load the bases before Welsh and Ryan Khoury pushed runs across with RBI groundouts to leave Utah down 11-3.
Haymore paced the Lobos' offense, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Dabbs tallied three RBIs, while going 2-for-4 at the plate. The only Ute with more than one hit was Brossman, who was 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Darren Coltrinari went the distance on the mound for New Mexico, running his record to 4-2. He struck out five, walked one and allowed just three runs and eight hits. It was the third consecutive complete-game victory for the Lobos in the series. Freed took the loss for Utah, allowing seven runs on five hits and walking two. His record slipped to 1-3.
The Utes are back in action again Tuesday at 2 p.m., when they host Utah Valley State College at Ute Field on the U. campus.