Jay Brossman had 10 RBIs in Saturday's doubleheader sweep of Air Force.
April 9, 2005
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The University of Utah baseball team picked up a record-setting win in Saturday's nightcap of a doubleheader at Air Force. The Utes hammered the Falcons by a score of 32-4.
Utah's 32 runs and 34 hits were both school and Mountain West Conference records. Utah's previous single-game runs record was 30, set against Air Force in 1985. The MWC record had been 31, set by New Mexico against the Falcons last season. Utah's old mark for hits was 29, set in 1980 against BYU. The MWC record for hits was 28, also by the Lobos against Air Force last season.
Utah (11-19, 4-8 MWC) jumped on top 6-0 in the first inning and never looked back. But it was the Utes' 13-run outburst in the ninth inning that turned the game from a simple rout to an absolute annihilation. Utah batted around twice in the inning, sending 18 batters to the plate. Included in the ninth-inning explosion for Utah was a grand slam from backup first baseman Jake Waldram.
The game was more or less decided after the first three innings. The first five Utah batters reached base safely on four hits and a walk, knocking Air Force starter John Meyers out of the ballgame. Utah already led 2-0 when Paul Vignola took over on the mound for the Falcons. After recording one out, Vignola was greeted by a two-run double from Utah designated hitter Ryder Olsen to make it 4-0. Later in the inning, catcher Adam Frank ripped a two-RBI double to center, giving his team a 6-0 lead before the Falcons even stepped into the batters' box.
Utah starter Chad Cullers tossed three shutout innings, before giving way to the bullpen. He has been eased back, since returning from a shoulder injury earlier this week. While Cullers was keeping Air Force scoreless, the Ute offense continued to extend its lead. Right fielder Joe Mozeleski doubled home two runs in the second. Jay Brossman made it 10-0 for Utah in the third with a two-run home run.
Offensively, the Utes just kept rolling. After a single run in the fourth, Utah put seven on the board in the fifth and one in the seventh, before exploding in the final frame. For the game, every Utah batter who made a plate appearance - 13 in all - picked up at least one hit. Ten Utes had multi-hit games.
Leading the way for the Utes was Doug Beck, who was 5-for-6 with four runs scored and five RBIs. Jay Brossman, who went 4-for-6 with four runs scored and four RBIs in the nightcap, finished the day with 10 RBIs in the doubleheader.
Brian Lane (3-3) picked up the victory out of the bullpen. He tossed four innings, allowing one hit and striking out six. Meyers dropped to 0-4, suffering the loss for Air Force.
Utah is back in action again Tuesday, when it travels to Orem for a contest with Utah Valley State.