Jay Brossman was 3-for-3 in Utah's 8-2 loss at UVSC Tuesday night. (Photo by Brent Asay/Salt Lake Stingers)
May 17, 2005
OREM, Utah -- The University of Utah dropped an 8-2 decision to Utah Valley State Tuesday night at Parkway Crossing Stadium.
In preparation for a three-game series at UNLV beginning Thursday, Utah used six different pitchers in the contest. After two scoreless innings, the Utes grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the third. John Welsh led off the inning with a double to left-center. He later scored on Jay Brossman's infield hit. Brossman eventually made it 2-0, when Clayne Garrett pushed him across with an RBI double to right field.
Utah starter Chase Christensen held UVSC scoreless in the first two innings. But freshman hurler Stephen Collora couldn't keep the Wolverines off the board in the bottom of the third. Kevin Hashimoto singled up the middle and later scored on a sacrifice fly to make it 2-1.
One batter later, UVSC's Nick Connor hit a deep fly ball to left field. Utah left fielder Seth Tartler went back for the ball and dove for it. Tartler crashed into the left-field wall head first and, in a scary situation, was knocked unconscious by the impact. Connor circled the bases with an inside-the-park home run to tie the contest at 2-2.
Tartler had regained consciousness before he was taken off the field in an ambulance. He was later released from Utah Valley Hospital.
UVSC added another run in the inning to go on top 3-2. That was all the offense the Wolverines would need. UVSC pitchers Jed Jensen, Kyle Tash, Kam Mickolio and Beau Giles held Utah at bay for the remainder of the contest. The Wolverines added three more in the fourth off Utah pitcher Bryce Freed and two in teh seventh against Brandon Bailey to account for the final score of 8-2.
The Utes wrap up the regular season this weekend in Las Vegas. Their three-game series with the Rebels will be played Thursday-Saturday.