Utah dropped an 18-6 decision to UVSC Tuesday night.
April 12, 2005
OREM, Utah -- The University of Utah baseball team saw Utah Valley State explode for 10 runs in the eighth inning Tuesday night at Parkway Crossing Stadium. The Wolverines' outburst broke open a tight game and gave UVSC an 18-6 victory.
Utah trailed 8-5 after seven innings. Ute shortstop Ryan Khoury led off the eighth with a solo home run to pull his team within two runs, 8-6. Utah's Doug Beck then singled with one out, chasing UVSC starter Jed Jensen. First baseman Clayne Garrett followed with another single, giving the Utes runners at the corners with one away. But right fielder Joe Mozeleski struck out and pinch hitter Tyler Kmetko grounded out, ending the potential Ute rally.
UVSC got insurance and then some in the bottom of the eighth. The first six Wolverine batters in the inning reached safely, including a three-run home run from Trent Perry, which gave UVSC an 11-6 lead. Four of the eight Utah pitchers to see action on the mound were used in the inning. In all, the Wolverines sent 14 batters to the plate in the eighth, scoring 10 runs on seven hits and an error.
UVSC grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first. But the lead only lasted until the top of the third. Utah loaded the bases on a hit batsman, a single and an error, bringing third baseman Jay Brossman to the plate. Brossman his third home run of the season to left for a grand slam and a 4-1 Ute lead. It was an up-and-down night for Brossman, however, as he committed four errors in the contest.
UVSC got a run back in the bottom of the third to pull within 4-2. The Wolverines took the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth, going for four runs to go on top 6-4. Dan Bulow hit a two-run home run, while Kory Drew hit a solo shot in the inning.
Beck and Garrett were both 2-for-4 to lead the Utah offense. Nick Connor and Bulow paced UVSC, both with 5-for-6 nights at the plate. Connor scored three runs and drove one in, while Bulow drove in four and scored a pair.
Jensen (4-7) tossed 7 1/3 innings for UVSC to take the win. He allowed just two earned runs, while striking out three and walking one. Stephen Collora (1-1) allowed all four runs to the Wolverines in the fourth, suffering the loss.
Utah is back in action again Friday, when the Utes host UNLV in the first game of a three-game Mountain West Conference series at Franklin Covey Field. Game time is slated for 3 p.m.