John Welsh was 4-for-5 at the plate in Thursday night's loss at UNLV.
May 19, 2005
LAS VEGAS -- The University of Utah baseball team hung with UNLV, the first-place team in the Mountain West Conference, for much of Thursday night's game. But the Rebels' Matt Fry led his team to six unanswered runs late in the ballgame and a 10-4 UNLV victory.
With the contest knotted at 4-4 in the bottom of the sixth, Fry recorded two of his five RBIs with a two-run home run off Utah starter Josh Cooper. Fry's homer gave the Rebels a 6-4 lead.
Fry's home run made a winner out of UNLV starting pitcher Matt Luca (4-6). Luca tossed six innings, allowing all four Utah runs, while walking four and striking out two. Wayne Foltin took over in the seventh and held Utah hitless for two innings. Kyle Tabeek came on in the ninth and allowed one hit to Utah's John Welsh, before getting a double play to end the game.
Utah led 1-0 after the top of the third. John Welsh led off with a single and later scored on a Doug Beck RBI groundout. But Fry tied the game with a solo home run in the bottom of the inning. UNLV made it 3-1 after three innings on a C.J. Lang two-run homer.
Utah came back to deadlock the game at 3-3 in the fourth. Joe Mozeleski led off with a solo round-tripper. John Welsh later delivered a run-scoring single, pushing Tyler Kay across the plate to tie it up.
Fry came through with an RBI single in the fourth for the Rebels, putting UNLV on top 4-3. Once again, Utah was able to pull even. The Utes tied it at 4-4 in the fifth when Jay Brossman led off with a single and later scored on a Mozeleski groundout. But that's all the offense Utah would muster.
Fry was 3-for-3 with five RBIs and two runs scored for the Rebels, while Ryan Bird was 2-for-2 with three runs scored.
Game two of the three-game Mountain West Conference series is slated for Friday night at 6:30 p.m. MDT.