Joe Mozeleski was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI in Tuesday's win over UVSC. (Photo by Brent Asay/Salt Lake Stingers)
April 5, 2005
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah baseball team got back into the win column at Ute Field Tuesday afternoon. The Utes halted a seven-game losing streak with a 5-3 win over Utah Valley State.
Utah (8-19) trailed 3-2 after six innings, but scored twice in the seventh and added an insurance run in the eighth to pick up the two-run victory. Right fielder Joe Mozeleski got the comeback started for the Utes in the bottom of the seventh with a one-out single. Designated hitter Ryder Olsen's wind-blown double down the left-field line put runners at second and third.
Left fielder Seth Tartler drove Mozeleski home with a sacrifice fly to deep left field, tying the game at 3-3. Center fielder John Welsh singled sharply to center to plate Olsen with the go-ahead run. Utah added one more in the eighth. First baseman Clayne Garrett singled with two outs and then scored when Mozeleski ripped a double to right-center, giving the Utes a 5-3 advantage.
Brian Lane, who came on in relief in the eighth, faced just three batters in the ninth and picked up his second save. Lane allowed a leadoff single to Trent Perry in the final frame. But he induced UVSC's Dan Bulow into a ground ball to second baseman Doug Beck, who teamed with shortstop Ryan Khoury to turn the double play. Garrett made a nice play on Eli Slesk's ground ball to first to end the contest.
Utah had a 2-0 lead after the first inning. Ute third baseman Jay Brossman reached when UVSC starter Jed Jensen nicked him with a pitch. Three pitches later, Beck hammered a Jensen curve ball over the left-center field fence for a two-run home run. Bulow answered with a solo shot to almost the same location in the top of the second off Utah starter Chad Cullers, cutting the Utah lead to 2-1.
Cullers pitched for the first time since March 12 and went three innings, allowing one run and two hits, while striking out two. Cooper picked up the victory in relief, improving his record to 2-0, while allowing two runs on four hits and striking out four. Lane allowed two hits in two innings of work to pick up the save. Jensen suffered the loss for UVSC, allowing four runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings of work.
Beck paced Utah at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored. Mozeleski was 2-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI, while Olsen was 2-for-3 with a run scored. The only Wolverine with more than one hit was Perry, who was 2-for-4 and scored a run.
Utah is back in action again Friday at Air Force in the first of a three-game series.