Jay Brossman was 4-for-5 with a home run Friday afternoon against UNLV.
April 15, 2005
SALT LAKE CITY - Timely hitting and a strong pitching performance led the University of Utah baseball team to a 9-5 victory over UNLV Friday afternoon at Franklin Covey Field.
Utah scored seven of its nine runs with two outs, including a John Welsh home run in the fourth inning, which put the Utes on top for good. Utah starter Jason Price (2-6) tossed seven innings and allowed five runs, en route to his second victory. He scruck out six, walked just one and allowed six hits to the Rebels.
The Utes staked Price to a 3-0 lead through three innings. Utah scored a single run in the first on Joe Mozeleski's two-out RBI. A Jay Brossman home run, which also plated Ryan Khoury, made it 3-0 in the bottom of the third. UNLV tied things up in the top of the fourth. After back-to-back singles from Zeke Parraz and Justin Tellam, Rebel first baseman Chris Bonnell homered to knot the game at 3-3.
Utah got two of those runs back in the bottom of the inning. Jake Waldram drew a one-out walk. One out later, center fielder John Welsh hit a towering shot to left field for his third round-tripper of the season, giving the Utes a 5-3 lead. They never trailed again.
Price held the Rebels scoreless from the fifth through the seventh. Utah added three more in the bottom of the seventh, all with two outs. Second baseman Doug Beck reached with an infield single. First baseman Clayne Garrett reached on an error to put runners at the corners. Joe Mozeleski then ripped UNLV reliever Alex Chalfant's 1-0 offering to left for a two-run double. Ute catcher Trevor Eastman followed with an RBI single through the left side, giving Utah an 8-3 lead.
Cooper allowed a meaningless single in the top of the ninth, preserving Utah's fourth straight Mountain West Conference victory.
Brossman paced Utah's 15-hit attack. He was 4-for-5 with three RBIs and a run scored. Mozeleski was 2-for-4 and drove in three runs. Justin Tellam was the only UNLV player with more than one hit, going 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored. Efren Navarro Jr. (0-1) pitched four innings in relief of Matt Luca, who only lasted one inning for the Rebels. Navarro took the loss, allowing four runs on seven hits. He was one of five UNLV pitchers to take the mound.
Utah is now 12-20 overall and 5-8 in the MWC, while UNLV drops to 15-22 and 9-4 in league action. Game two of the series is slated for 1 p.m. Saturday at Franklin Covey Field.