Joe Mozeleski hit his second home run Thursday night against BYU. (Photo by Brent Asay/Salt Lake Stingers)
April 21, 2005
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah baseball team fell just short in its come-from-behind effort against BYU Thursday night at Franklin Covey Field. The Utes found themselves down 10-0 after two innings, but battled back to within two runs before finally succumbing to the Cougars, 10-8.
BYU struck for one run in the top of the first when Marcos Villezcas tripled and later scored. But the Cougar fireworks came in the second inning. BYU roughed up Utah starter Jason Price for nine runs on 10 hits in the inning. The Cougars sent 14 batters to the plate against Price in the inning.
Brandon Taylor did much of the damage in the second frame for BYU. The third baseman doubled to lead off the inning lead off the inning and later scored. Taylor came to the plate with the bases loaded and one out in his second at-bat of the inning. He deposited Price's 1-0 offering over the right-field fence for a grand slam. By the time Price struck out Ben Saylor and Kevin Sloan to end the inning, the Cougars had a 10-run advantage.
Price shut the Cougars down for the next five innings, giving Utah a chance to get back into the contest. Meanwhile, BYU starter Dave Horlacher didn't allow a hit until the sixth inning. Utah finally broke through when Ryder Olsen singled through the left side. That base hit started a small rally for the Utes, who scored three times in the frame. Two Utah runs in the sixth came across on a Doug Beck double.
The Utes got one more back in the seventh, when Joe Mozeleski led off the inning with a solo home run down the left-field line. Utah continued to claw its way back into the contest in the eighth. Run-scoring singles from Clayne Garrett and Trevor Eastman made it 10-7. Eastman later scored when pinch-runner Seth Tartler intentionally got himself caught in a run-down between first and second, making it 10-8.
Price (3-7) took the loss, throwing 135 pitches in his seven innings of work. Relievers Chase Christensen, Josh Madsen and Josh Cooper each held BYU scoreless for two-thirds of an inning, to keep Utah within striking distance. Horlacher (4-2) took the win for the Cougars, while Chambers recorded his second save of the season.
Game two of the series is slated for Friday night at 6 p.m. at Franklin Covey Field.