Trevor Eastman's two-run double in the third inning was the game-winning hit Friday night. (Photo by Brent Asay/Salt Lake Stingers)
April 29, 2005
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- University of Utah pitcher Josh Cooper had started one game in his 19 appearances prior to Friday night's start against New Mexico. The junior hurler turned in a gem, striking out eight and allowing just two runs in a 5-2 victory over the Lobos.
Cooper improved to 3-0 with the victory. He scattered five hits and walked just three in addition to allowing just one earned run. Meanwhile, the Utah offense scored five runs, which was more than enough for the victory.
The Utes (15-24, 7-12 MWC) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI walk to Joe Mozeleski. New Mexico tied the contest at 1-1 in the second. But Utah quickly regained the lead. Trevor Eastman ripped a two-run double in the top of the third inning, plating Jake Waldram and Mozeleski. Those two runs gave the Utes a 3-1 lead and one they would not relinquish.
The Utes added a single run in the fourth. Ryan Khoury drove in Welsh with an RBI single. New Mexico (19-24, 9-10) plated an unearned run in the fifth to make it 4-2. But that's as close as the Lobos would get to Cooper and relief pitcher Brian Lane.
Lane came on in the eighth and allowed just one Lobo base runner on a walk. He tossed two scoreless innings to pick up his third save of the season.
Utah tacked on an insurance tally in the ninth inning. Jay Brossman led off the inning with a double and came around to score on Waldram's RBI base hit.
Welsh finished the game 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored, while Waldram was 2-for-3 with a run scored and one driven in. Mozeleski was 2-for-4, while also driving in and scoring one run.
Game two of the series is slated for 2 p.m. Saturday.