Clayne Garrett's second two-home run day of the season led Utah to a win over AFA Friday.
April 8, 2005
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Clayne Garrett hit a pair of home runs and the University of Utah came back to defeat Air Force 8-5 Friday afternoon at Falcon Field. The Utes' victory snapped a seven-game Mountain West Conference skid.
Air Force took a 2-0 lead against Utah starter Jason Price. The Falcons used a hit batsmen and an error to score an unearned run in the first. Karl Bolt's solo home run in the third put Air Force up by two runs. Garrett tied the contest in the fourth, hitting a two-run home run, which also plated Trevor Eastman. Joe Mozeleski reached on an error and later scored on a passed ball to give the Utes a 3-2 advantage.
After a 40-minute delay for rain and lightning, the contest resumed. Utah tacked on another run in the top of the fifth. Jay Brossman singled, took second on an error, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on another stray pitch from Falcon reliever Kyle DePierre. Brossman's run gave Utah a 4-2 advantage.
Air Force pulled within one run, 4-3, on a run-scoring triple from Matt Ghigna in the bottom of the fifth. The Falcons regained the lead in the sixth. Brent Tittle singled to lead off the inning and scored on Dale Kasel's pinch-hit triple, tying the game at 4-4. Air Force grabbed a 5-4 lead when Kasel scored on Lamson's RBI single.
Utah freshman Stephen Collora came on with two outs in the inning and stopped the Falcon rally.
Utah tied things up at 5-5 in the top of the seventh, when Brossman doubled and later scored on a Doug Beck sacrifice fly. Eastman then drew a walk in front of Garrett's second round-tripper of the season. Garrett's blast put the Utes up 7-5. It was his second two-home run game of the season. Garrett now has a team-leading five homers.
Utah picked up an insurance run in the eighth. Ryan Khoury doubled and moved to third on a Brossman single. Beck's second sacrifice fly of the game plated Khoury to put the Utes up 8-5.
Utah's win was its second consecutive, after defeating Utah Valley State Tuesday. The Utes are now 9-19 overall and 2-8 in the MWC. Air Force slipped to 5-21 overall and 0-7 in league play. The series concludes with a doubleheader slated for 10 a.m. Saturday.