Ryder Olsen was 3-for-3 with four RBIs in Saturday's game one loss to SDSU.
May 7, 2005
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah baseball team had its chances in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader with San Diego State. But the Utes couldn't take advantage, dropping an 11-9 decision in 10 innings.
Utah (17-26, 9-13 MWC) trailed 8-3 after six innings, but outscored the Aztecs 6-1 in the seventh and eighth innings, tying the game at 9-9 after eight. With three runs already in, Utah had two on and two out in the eighth. But Cody Campbell came out of the bullpen for SDSU and got an unusual defensive play to get out of the inning. Utah's Seth Tartler hit a sharp grounder to third, which caromed off the glove of SDSU third baseman Lance Zawadski. Instead of being an error and allowing the go-ahead run to score, the ball ricocheted right to Aztec shortstop James Guerrero, who threw Tartler out at first.
Utah's Brian Lane came on in the ninth and retired SDSU in order, giving his team a chance to win it in the bottom of the inning. Utah took advantage of a hit batsman, a misplayed sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk to load the bases with nobody out. Ute second baseman Doug Beck then struck out. First baseman Clayne Garrett grounded into an inning-ending double play, sending the contest into extra innings.
San Diego State (19-28, 13-9 MWC) quickly capitalized on its momentum from the previous inning. The Aztecs got RBI singles from Jorday Swaydan and Sam Pepper to take an 11-9 lead. In the bottom of the inning, Utah designated hitter Ryder Olsen doubled into the right-field corner with two outs. But left fielder Seth Tartler struck out to end the threat and the game.
Utah climbed back into it in the seventh and eighth behind Ryder Olsen. The Ute freshman delivered a pinch-hit, two-run single in the seventh as part of Utah's three-run frame. Utah pulled within two in the eighth when Ryan Khoury scored on an errant pickoff attempt by SDSU pitcher Dan Bruckart. Olsen later delivered a two-out, two-RBI single to right-center to tie the contest at 8-8.
Lane (5-4) suffered the loss for Utah, while Campbell (1-0) picked up his first win of the season for SDSU. Campbell allowed just one hit in 2 1/3 innings of relief for the Aztecs.
Olsen was 3-for-3 with four RBIs to lead the Utes at the plate. SDSU was paced by McLintock, who was 3-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored.