Ryan Khoury hit his team-leading 13th homer Sunday. The home run also tied Utah's career record for hits (280). (Photo by George Seeley)
May 14, 2006
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah baseball team completed a three-game sweep of the Air Force Academy Sunday afternoon at Franklin Covey Field. For the second consecutive day, the Utes ended the game via the 10-run rule, taking a 10-0 win in seven innings over the Falcons.
Utah starter Eric King (4-7) scattered four hits over 6 2/3 innings to pick up the victory. King struck out five and walked one, before giving way to Brad DeVore, who recorded one strikeout to finish the seventh inning.
Ute shortstop Ryan Khoury tied the Utah career record for hits Sunday, going 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBIs and three runs scored. First baseman Jay Brossman and right fielder Joe Mozeleski also had big days at the plate. Brossman was 3-for-3 with three RBIs, while Mozeleski was 2-for-3 with two runs driven in and two scored.
Utah broke through in the bottom of the third inning, taking a 1-0 lead. Khoury singled, stole second and scored on a Brossman single through the right side of the infield.
Khoury drew a two-out walk in the fifth and scored on a double off the bat of second baseman Bret Baldwin. Baldwin scored one batter later when Brossman singled to make the score 3-0.
The Utes really broke it open in the sixth. Mozeleski ripped a two-run double to left-center, pushing center fielder John Welsh and third baseman Erich Kemp across. After Mozeleski went to third on a sacrifice, left fielder Corey Shimada lofted a sacrifice fly to center field. Air Force's Drew Griffin dropped the fly ball for an error, allowing Shimada to advance all the way to third as Mozeleski scored to make it 6-0.
The contest came to an end in the bottom of the seventh when the Utes scored once on a wild pitch and once on a bases-loaded walk, giving them the necessary 10-run advantage after seven innings.
Utah is back in action again Tuesday evening, hosting Southern Utah University at Franklin Covey Field. The Utes would secure their first winning season since 2002 with a victory over the Thunderbirds. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m.