Ryan Khoury had two hits against UNLV Sunday afternoon. (Photo by Brent Asay/Salt Lake Stingers)
April 17, 2005
SALT LAKE CITY - UNLV got a complete game from pitcher Derek Rodriguez and pulled away late to take an 11-3 win over the University of Utah Sunday afternoon at Franklin Covey Field.
The Utes trailed by just one run, 4-3, after six innings. But the home squad simply ran out of pitching. UNLV roughed up Utah reliever Josh Cooper in the top of the seventh, scoring four runs to take control of the contest. The Rebels' Mike Cruz tripled to drive in a run and then scored in front of a Zeke Parraz home run to left, giving UNLV a 7-3 advantage. A Ryan Bird RBI double chased Cooper and gave the Rebels an 8-3 lead.
The game was tied 1-1 after the first inning. UNLV's run off Utah starter Bryce Freed came on a Parraz RBI single. Utah answered off Rodriguez when first baseman Clayne Garrett drew a bases-loaded walk to tie it.
UNLV took a 4-1 lead in the fifth. The Rebels opened the inning with back-to-back singles and a sacrifice, knocking Freed from the game. Cooper came on, but allowed a two-run single from Parraz and an RBI single to Chris Bonnell.
The Utes scratched back into the game, scoring single runs off Rodriguez in the fifth and sixth. In the fifth, third baseman Jay Brossman doubled home a run with two outs. In the sixth, Garrett led off with a double and scored when catcher Trevor Eastman grounded out to shortstop. The two single runs pulled Utah back within one, 4-3.
But that's all Utah would muster against Rodriguez. The Rebel hurler tossed his team's first complete game of the season, going 140 pitches to up his record to 3-4. He allowed nine hits and all three Utah runs, but never allowed the Utes to string hits and runs together. Rodriguez walked four and struck out four. Freed took the loss for the Utes, falling to 0-4. He allowed three runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings.
The Utes are slated to be in action again Tuesday, hosting Utah Valley State College in a 2 p.m. contest at Ute Field.