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Ninth-Inning Errors Costly for Utah Baseball

Jay Brossman was 4-for-5 in Utah's game two loss to SDSU Saturday. (Photo by Brent Asay/Salt Lake Stingers)

Jay Brossman was 4-for-5 in Utah's game two loss to SDSU Saturday. (Photo by Brent Asay/Salt Lake Stingers)

May 7, 2005

Final Stats

SALT LAKE CITY - Three ninth-inning errors cost the University of Utah in the nightcap of Saturday's twinbill with San Diego State. The three Ute miscues led to two Aztec runs in the top of the ninth and eventually to a 7-5 SDSU victory.

San Diego State (20-28, 14-9 MWC) led 1-0 after two innings. But Utah batted around in the third and took a 5-1 lead. Ryan Khoury, Doug Beck and Clayne Garrett all had RBI singles to push Utah's first three runs across. Joe Mozeleski followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 4-1. Trevor Eastman delivered a run-scoring double, giving the Utes a four-run cushion.

But that's all the scoring Utah (17-27, 9-14 MWC) would manage against Aztec starter Bruce Billings and reliever Jared Suwyn. SDSU chipped away at the lead. The Aztecs got two back in the top of the fourth when Jared Mendoza hit a mammoth two-run home run over the berm beyond the left-field wall. Mendoza's round-tripper made it 5-3. San Diego State added a single run off Utah starter Matt Crockett in the fifth to pull within one, 5-4.

Utah still clung to its 5-4 advantage in the top of the eighth. Tim O'Brien led off the inning with a walk and was later lifted for pinch runner Quintin Berry. Berry scored the tying run on a double off the bat of Grant Desme with two outs in the inning. Desme's double to deep left-center knocked Crockett out of the game. Brandon Bailey came on for Utah and got pinch hitter Joseph Scaperotta to fly out, preserving the 5-5 tie.

Utah put two on with two out in the eighth, but couldn't score. Ute reliever Brian Lane came out of the bullpen in the ninth. After recording the first out, Brock Ungricht and Jake McLintock reached on back-to-back singles.



That's when everything unraveled for the Utah defense. SDSU's Lance Zawadzki hit a ground ball to Clayne Garrett at first, who attempted to turn the double play. Khoury, the Ute shortstop, mishandled the throw, loading the bases. Kevin Perry, the next Aztec batter, dribbled one out in front of the plate, which Lane mishandled for the second error of the inning. Lane's error allowed Ungricht to score the go-ahead run. Immediately following Lane's error, Utah catcher Trevor Eastman tossed the ball back to Lane, but was off target for the third error of the inning. That allowed McLintock to score, giving SDSU a 7-5 lead. The Utes finally got out of the inning when Kevin Perry's ground ball to second base ended up in a double play.

Utah got a one-out single from Jay Brossman in the bottom of the ninth, after striking Khoury out to lead off the inning. SDSU's Suwyn then struck out Beck and got Garrett on a fly ball to center, ending the game.

Suwyn (1-0) worked four innings of scoreless relief and scattered five hits. He struck out four and did not allow a walk. Lane (5-5) took the loss, allowing the two unearned runs in the top of the ninth. Brossman was 4-for-5 with a run scored to lead the Utes at the plate.

Game three of the series is slated for 1 p.m. Sunday at Franklin Covey Field.


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