Utah catcher Trevor Eastman was 2-for-4 with an RBI in Utah's 6-4 loss to Air Force Friday night. (Photo by Brent Asay/Salt Lake Stingers)
May 13, 2005
SALT LAKE CITY - The Air Force baseball team scored four runs in the top of the ninth to come from behind and defeat the University of Utah 6-4 Friday night at Salt Lake Community College's Cate Field.
Utah (17-29, 9-16 MWC) built a 4-2 lead through eight innings. Ute starter Josh Cooper held the Falcons to just two runs on three hits. Utah closer Brian Lane took the mound in the top of the ninth. But Air Force (7-39, 2-23 MWC) rallied to put four runs on the board and take a 6-4 lead.
The Falcons opened the ninth with a single from Price Paramore and a pinch-hit double off the bat of Josh Meents. Brent Tittle then lined a two-run, pinch-hit single up the middle, driving Paramore and Meents in with the tying runs. A sacrifice bunt moved Tittle to second. He later scored the go-ahead run on a Dustin Smith double to left field. Air Force added an insurance run when Dale Kasel doubled home Smith to make it 6-4.
The Falcons sent nine batters to the plate against Lane (5-6), who suffered the loss. Lane allowed four runs on five hits and a walk in the ninth. The top of the Utah order went down in order in the bottom of the inning against Air Force reliever Paul Pratt, who picked up his first save of the season. Mitch Brown (1-4) tossed two innings in relief of Falcon starter Clayton Couch and picked up his first victory of the season.
Utah led 2-0 after the second inning. Trevor Eastman and Ryder Olsen delivered RBI singles in the inning. The Utes made it 3-0 in the fouth. Clayne Garrett reached second on a throwing error, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and then scored on a wild pitch.
Olsen was 2-for-3 and drove in two of Utah's four runs. Ryan Khoury and Trevor Eastman also had two hits apiece. Between the three of them, they accounted for six of the Utes' nine hits. Smith was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored for Air Force.
Game two of the three-game Mountain West Conference series is slated for 6 p.m. Saturday at Cate Field.