Ryan Khoury was 3-for-5 with three runs scored Sunday. (Photo by Brent Asay/Salt Lake Stingers)
May 15, 2005
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah baseball team scored 13 runs in the first three innings against Air Force Sunday at Cate Field. The Utes used their early offense to salvage the final game of a three-game series with the Falcons by a tally of 14-8.
Dale Kasel gave Air Force a 2-0 lead in the top of the first with a two-run home run to right field off Utah starter Jason Price. But the Utes quickly took the lead in the bottom half of the inning. John Welsh led off with a single up the middle, followed by doubles from Ryan Khoury, Jay Brossman and Doug Beck. A walk to Trevor Eastman two batters later, with Utah leading 3-2, was enough to run Falcons' starter Andrew Goss off the mound.
By the end of the first frame, Utah (18-30, 10-17 MWC) sent nine batters to the plate, scoring four runs and grabbing a 4-2 advantage. The Utes made 10 plate appearances in the second inning, tallying six runs to go on top 10-2. The first six Utah batters in the inning reached base safely, including a two-run triple to left for Clayne Garrett.
Air Force (8-40, 3-24) scored a single run in the third. But the Utes kept scoring in the bottom of the frame. Garrett's sacrifice fly, an RBI double off the bat of Eastman and an RBI single from Ryder Olsen gave Utah a 10-run edge, 13-3.
Khoury was 3-for-5 at the plate, with three runs scored. Brossman and Garrett each drove in three runs for Utah. Kasel finished an outstanding weekend by going 3-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBIs for the Falcons.
Utah is slated to face Utah Valley State Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Parkway Crossing Stadium.