Jay Brossman was 5-for-6 in Saturday's 18-15 loss to UNLV.
April 16, 2005
SALT LAKE CITY - The UNLV Rebels out-dueled Utah in a Mountain West Conference baseball shootout Saturday afternoon at Franklin Covey Field. The Rebels took a big lead early and held the Utes off for an 18-15 victory, evening the series at one game apiece.
Utah (12-21, 5-9 MWC) led 1-0 after the first inning, but the UNLV fireworks got started in the second. The Rebels scored three in the second frame on a solo home run from Chris Bonnell and a monstrous two-run shot from Tyler Beranek. Both round-trippers came off Utah starter Matt Crockett.
UNLV (16-22, 10-4 MWC) took control of the contest in the third, exploding for seven runs. The Rebels got three run-scoring singles to knock Crockett from the game. Utah reliever Stephen Collora couldn't stop the bleeding. He was greeted with a run-scoring single from Braden Walker and a two-run triple from J.C. Sibley. In all, UNLV sent 11 batters to the plate in the inning, taking a 10-1 advantage.
The Utes got a single run back in the bottom of the third on Jay Brossman's solo bomb to left. But UNLV ripped off four more runs in the fourth, including Bonnell's second home run of the day. Matt Fry's two-run single off Josh Madsen, the third of four Utah pitchers, made it 14-2. The Utes picked up two runs in the bottom of the fourth to make it 14-4.
Lang hit a two-run home run in the top of the sixth to put the Rebels back on top by 12, 16-4. But the Ute bats came to life in the bottom half of the inning. Utah scored eight runs in the frame, including a two-run single from Ryan Khoury and a three-run double off the bat of Ryder Olsen. That outburst pulled the Utes within four, 16-12.
UNLV added some insurance in the eighth, scoring two runs on two hits and a Ute error to take an 18-12 lead into the ninth. Utah wasn't about to go quietly, however. The first three Utes to face Rebel reliever Kyle Tabeek, who was the sixth and final UNLV hurler to see action, reached safely. Included in those three was a two-run triple from Doug Beck. Beck then scored on Clayne Garrett's groundout, pulling Utah within three, 18-15, with one out. But Tabeek retired Joe Mozeleski on a come-backer and then struck out Olsen to preserve the three-run win for UNLV.
Erick Brock (2-3) tossed 1 2/3 innings of relief and allowed just one hit to pick up the win for the Rebels. Crockett (3-7) allowed eight runs in just 2 2/3 innings to suffer the loss for Utah.
The rubber match of the three-game series will be played Sunday afternoon at Franklin Covey Field. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.