Senior Jared Pena went 4-for-5 in the first game win on Friday.
May 7, 2004
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah baseball team rattled off 16 hits and held off a late Falcon rally to defeat Air Force 8-7 in the first half of a doubleheader at Franklin Covey Field this afternoon. With the win, the Utes improve to 15-27 overall and 6-13 in Mountain West Conference play.
Jason Price (3-7) earned the win on the mound, pitching 7.2 innings and giving up five runs on eight hits. He struck out 10 and walked just one.
Junior Clay Westmoreland earned a save, his seventh of the year. He threw one inning, giving up two runs on three hits, while striking out one and walking one.
Air Force took an early lead, plating one run in the bottom of the first on an RBI-single.
The Utes tied the game at one apiece in the top of the fourth when Tyson Olson drove in a run on a ground out.
Utah took the lead in the top of the sixth, plating two runs on a base hit by senior Jared Pena and a fielder's choice by Olson to go up 3-1.
The Utes broke free in the top of the seventh, scoring four runs on five hits, including a one-run triple by Matt Ciaramella, a one-run double by Pena and a two-RBI triple by Olson, to give Utah a 7-1 lead.
Utah added another run in the eighth on a Pena RBI-double to make it an 8-1 ballgame.
The Falcons cut away at the Ute lead in the bottom of the eighth, plating four runs on four hits, including a two-run shot deep over the fence in left center, to bring the score to 8-5.
Air Force made it interesting in the ninth, scoring one run on an RBI-single. With two outs and runners on first and second, the Falcons hit another RBI-single, making it an 8-7 game. Shortstop Ryan Khoury then made a diving catch for the third and final out.
The two teams play game two of the doubleheader at 5:30 p.m. tonight, May 7.