Jason Price's nine innings and 143 pitches weren't quite enough for Utah Sunday afternoon.
May 8, 2005
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah baseball team rode the left arm of Jason Price as far as it would take them against San Diego State Sunday afternoon at Franklin Covey Field. Unfortunately for the Utes, Price's 143 pitches only took them nine innings.
SDSU (21-28, 15-9 MWC) scored three runs in the top of the 10th inning off Utah reliever Josh Madsen to take an 11-8 win. The second 10-inning win of the series also gave the Aztecs a sweep of the three-game set.
Price allowed five runs to SDSU in the top of the first, but settled down and kept Utah (17-28, 9-15 MWC) in it the rest of the way. The big blow in the first was a Curt Mendoza three-run homer to left-center. The Utes got two back in the bottom of the first off a Doug Beck groundout and an RBI single from Joe Mozeleski, making it 5-2.
Utah took the lead 6-5 in the bottom of the fourth. Adam Frank got things going with an RBI double. Ryan Khoury followed with a run-scoring single. Jay Brossman added an RBI single up the middle and Clayne Garrett drew a bases-loaded walk to give the Utes a one-run advantage.
Both teams scored a pair of runs in the fifth to leave Utah with a 7-6 advantage. The Aztecs got a leadoff triple from James Guerrero in the seventh. Two batters later, Jake McLintock's sacrifice fly to center field tied the game at 8-8.
San Diego State threatened in the top of the ninth, putting runners at first and third with one out. But Price induced McLintock to ground into a double play, one of three twin killings for the Utes on the day, ending the threat. The Utes went in order in the bottom of the ninth against Aztec reliever Will Miller (1-0), who eventually picked up the win.
Utah went in order in the bottom of the frame against Miller. The Aztec reliever picked up his first win of the season and did not allow a Utah hit in his three innings of work.
Mendoza led the way at the plate for SDSU, going 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored. Ryan Khoury provided most of the Utah offensive highlights, finishing the day 3-for-6 with three RBIs and two runs.
Utah is back in action again Tuesday night, when they travel to Utah Valley State for a 7 p.m. contest at Parkway Crossing Field.