Josh Cooper tossed Utah's first shutout in more than a year Wednesday afternoon. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/MWC)
May 25, 2005
SALT LAKE CITY - The No. 5-seeded University of Utah baseball team rallied behind Josh Cooper's three-hit pitching performance as they upset the No.4-seeded New Mexico Lobos here in the second game of the Mountain West Conference Tournament, 2-0.
The Utes up their record to 19-34 for the year and will return to the diamond tomorrow to face the top-seeded UNLV Rebels at 3 p.m. The Lobos (25-31) face Air Force tonight at 7 p.m., after a 21-6 loss to San Diego State in the tourney's first game.
Utah pounded out six hits on the day as Cooper (4-1) stymied the Lobos, holding them to three hits. The Utes hung runs on the board in each the fourth and sixth innings to advance in the tournament.
The 2-0 victory marked the first shut out for the Utes this season and their first in almost a year. The two-hour affair was also the shortest game in MWC tourney history.
Joe Mozeleski got the Utes rolling in the third. He legged out a slow-roller to second for an RBI single. Jay Brossman scored from third. The insurance run came from the bat Clayne Garrett. He hit a towing solo home run towards the scoreboard in right field.
Cooper fanned three batters and walked two in the win, holding UNM hitless until the leadoff hitter in the fourth. Karsten Gaarder (3-8) took the loss for the Lobos. Brossman and Mozeleski led the way for the Utes with a pair of hits. They went 2-for-3 and 2-for-4, respectively.