Jay Brossman hit a three-run homer Saturday against UNLV.
May 21, 2005
LAS VEGAS - UNLV used a 10-run sixth inning to take the regular-season finale from the University of Utah Saturday afternoon at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. The Rebels, who sent 14 batters to the plate in the inning, rode that big inning to a 13-6 win over the Utes.
Utah scored a single run in the fourth, which UNLV answered in the bottom of the frame. Both teams scored one again in the fifth. The Utes took a 3-2 lead with another single tally in the top of the sixth, before the Rebels opened the flood gates in the bottom of the inning. When all was said and done in the sixth, UNLV owned a 12-3 advantage.
Utah scored three in the top of the seventh, when Jay Brossman hit his team-leading eighth home run. Brossman's round-tripper plated Ryan Khoury and John Welsh. But 12-6 was as close as the Utes would get.
UNLV added another single tally in the bottom of the seventh to account for the final seven-run margin.
Josh Madsen (0-2) suffered the loss in relief of starting pitcher Chase Christensen. Madsen allowed six runs in just one inning of work. Koji Pupo (5-0) took the victory for the Rebels in relief of Derek Rodriguez. Pupo allowed four runs in two innings, but was the beneficiary of the Rebels' offensive outburst in the sixth.
Brossman led the Utes at the plate, going 3-for-5 with three RBIs and a run scored. Braden Walker was 3-for-5 for UNLV, with two runs scored. Mike Cruz drove in three runs for the Rebels.
Utah will now host the Mountain West Conference Tournament, beginning Wednesday at Franklin Covey Field. The Utes will be the No. 5 seed and will face the No. 4-seeded New Mexico Lobos at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.