John Welsh lifted Utah to an 11-10 win with a two-out double in the bottom of the ninth Friday night.
April 22, 2005
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah evened up its Mountain West Conference baseball series with BYU in dramatic fashion Friday night at Franklin Covey Field. Ute sophomore John Welsh laced a two-out, RBI double into the right-field corner to break a 10-10 tie and lift his team to an 11-10 win.
With one out, senior catcher Trevor Eastman reached with a single to left-center field. After a strikeout, junior Seth Tartler drew a two-out walk, putting Eastman at second base. Eastman was replaced by pinch-runner Tyler Kmetko, who came around to score on Welsh's slicing liner that got over the head of BYU right fielder Kory Knell.
Utah led 6-2 after the first two innings. Jay Brossman and Doug Beck delivered RBI hits in the first. Brossman also ripped a three-run home run in the second as part of a four-run inning to give Utah its four-run lead early in the contest.
The Cougars came back, plating three runs in the fourth and two in the fifth to take a 7-6 lead. The lead was short-lived, however. Utah put four runs on the board in the bottom of the fifth to take a 10-7 advantage. The Utes took advantage of a two-run throwing error from BYU first baseman Jeff Hiestand in the inning.
With the bases loaded, Eastman's slow roller toward first was a run-scoring infield single. But Hiestand tried to make a play at third and threw the ball into the Cougar bullpen, allowing two more runs to score. Eastman later scored on a Tartler sacrifice fly to account for the 10th Utah run.
BYU got a single run in the sixth to make it 10-8. The Cougars then pushed two runs across in the eighth to tie the contest at 10-10. Andrew Law led off the inning with a single and scored on a Marcos Villezcas triple to center field. Villezcas later scored on a sacrifice fly from Apana Nakayama.
Utah reliever Brian Lane retired the Cougars in order in the top of the ninth to set up Welsh's heroics in the bottom of the inning. Lane (4-3) picked up the win, going 1 1/3 innings. BYU's Matthew Jensen (5-1) was the losing pitcher. He allowed just the game-winning run in 1 2/3 innings of work.
Welsh was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and one big RBI. Brossman was 2-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored. Beck finished the night 3-for-5, as did Eastman. The Ute offense rapped out 16 hits in the contest.
The rubber match of the series will be played at Noon Saturday at Franklin Covey Field.