Doug Beck hit for the cycle and drove in nine runs Sunday, leading Utah to a 20-13 win over New Mexico.
May. 1, 2005
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of Utah completed a three-game series sweep of New Mexico with a 20-13 victory at Isotopes Park Sunday afternoon. The two teams combined for 33 runs and 38 hits in the Mountain West Conference contest.
Six of Utah's 22 hits belonged to second baseman Doug Beck, who hit for the cycle en route to his 6-for-7 day at the plate. He also tallied nine RBIs on the day, which is a Ute season high for 2005.
Utah (17-24, 9-12 MWC) led 4-1 after one inning. The Utes' first four hitters in the inning all reached safely and eventually scored against New Mexico starter Darren Coltrinari. The Lobos pulled within one, 4-3, in the second inning. But that's as close as they would get as Utah would continue the offensive barrage.
The Utes took a 6-3 lead in the third. Beck hit a two-run home run in the inning. Beck added a bases-loaded, three-run double in the fourth and gave Utah a 9-3 advantage. The lead increased to 13-3 after the top of the fifth inning. Shortstop Ryan Khoury ripped a two-run double for the Utes in the fifth.
New Mexico (19-26, 9-12 MWC) tallied three in the bottom of the fifth against Utah starter Jason Price. Ian Hollick's three-run accounted for all the damage, making it 13-6. But Beck and the Utes wouldn't let the Lobos maintain any momentum. Beck's two-run triple, which gave him the cycle, helped Utah to a 16-6 advantage. New Mexico tallied three of its own on a Chris Carlson three-run homer in the sixth. But Utah still led 16-9 after six innings.
The Utes scored two in the seventh on a Seth Tartler two-run round-tripper. Utah added two more in the eighth to go on top 20-9. From there, Brian Lane took over for Price. Lane allowed two runs in both the eighth and ninth, but had more than enough cushion to preserve the victory for the Utes.
In addition to Beck's monster day, Khoury and third baseman Jay Brossman also had strong performances at the plate. Khoury was 3-for-5 with four runs scored and four RBIs. Brossman was 2-for-4 and crossed the plate four times. For New Mexico, Carlson and Hollick did most of the damage. Carlson was 4-for-4 with six, drove in six runs and scored four times. Hollick was 2-for-5 with four RBIs.
Utah's three-game sweep exacted a measure of revenge, as New Mexico swept the Utes in Salt Lake City on the first weekend of April. The three victories over the Lobos also pulled Utah into a tie with New Mexico for fourth in the MWC standings.
Utah is back in action again Tuesday, hosting Utah Valley State in a 2 p.m. contest at Ute Field.