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Junior Matt Ciaramella and the Utes host Air Force for a five-game series this Friday-Sunday, May 7-9.

Junior Matt Ciaramella and the Utes host Air Force for a five-game series this Friday-Sunday, May 7-9.

May 6, 2004


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Coming Up
Utah (14-27, 5-13) hosts Air Force (5-33, 0-14) for a five-game series this Friday-Sunday, May 7-9, at Franklin Covey Field. Friday and Saturday the two teams will play doubleheaders, beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday's single game will begin at noon. The teams are making up two games that were postponed due to snow when the teams faced each other in Colorado Springs, Colo., in early April.

Utah Probable Starters

Pos.  Name                   B/T  BA    R   H   2B  3B  HR  RBI
C     Nate Schlieman         R/R  .189  4   7   0   0   1   4
1B    Michael Westfall, Jr.  R/R  .286  15  34  4   0   2   16
2B    Jared Pena             R/R  .321  28  52  13  1   4   27
3B    Jay Brossman           R/R  .384  24  38  7   1   1   12
SS    Cort Wilson            R/R  .232  13  22  5   0   3   7
LF    John Welsh             R/R  .250  10  18  3   0   3   11
CF    Matt Ciaramella        S/L  .343  34  58  21  0   8   44
RF    Eric Chevalier         L/L  .317  27  45  9   3   5   27
DH    Tyson Olson            L/L  .256  21  33  10  1   5   24

Probable Pitching Match-Ups

Friday, May 7       B/T  ERA    W-L  G/GS   IP     H   R   ER  BB  KO
Jason Price (Utah)  L/L  6.13   2-7  16/13  76.1   90  68  52  38  72
Paul Vignola (AFA)  R/R  12.00  1-7  14/11  42.0   81  60  56  16  28
Friday, May 7       B/T  ERA    W-L  G/GS   IP     H   R   ER  BB  KO
Doug Mackay (Utah)  R/R  6.65   2-6  13/12  66.1   82  59  49  37  63
Blake Nixon (AFA)   R/L  14.28  0-6  12/5   29.0   50  54  46  32  29
Saturday, May 8     B/T  ERA    W-L  G/GS   IP     H   R   ER  BB  KO
Ben Buck (Utah)	    R/R  4.40   4-2  27/6   61.1   83  41  30  13  34
Clayton Couch (AFA) R/R  5.98   2-4  10/8   46.2   59  41  31  16  29
Saturday, May 8     B/T  ERA    W-L  G/GS   IP     H   R   ER  BB  KO
Shad McCord (Utah)  R/R  6.54   2-0  17/4   42.2   52  36  31  18  27
Mitch Brown (AFA)   R/R  7.78   0-4  15/3   39.1   56  39  34  17  29
Sunday, May 9       B/T  ERA    W-L  G/GS   IP     H   R   ER  BB  KO
Travis Kohn (Utah)  R/R  6.10   2-5  22/2   41.1   40  29  28  20  31
Travis Fugler (AFA) L/R  12.71  0-1  3/1    5.2    9   8   8   3   7
Jeff Tetrault (AFA) R/R  15.00  1-3  16/2   27.0   67  52  45  17  16

Utah Update
The Utes split a pair of games with Utah Valley State on Tuesday and Wednesday. After leading for six and half innings, Utah lost 5-4 to the Wolverines Tuesday night. Junior Doug Mackay suffered the loss on the mound, falling to 2-6 on the year. He threw one inning, giving up two runs on one hit. He struck out one, walked one and hit one batter. Utah's starter, Shad McCord, pitched four innings, giving up two runs on three hits, while striking out one and walking three. Freshman Jay Brossman was the only Ute with a multi-hit game, going 2-for-5 at the plate with one run. Senior Michael Westfall, Jr. was 1-for-4 with three RBI, while freshman John Welsh was 1-for-4 with one driven in.

The Utes came from behind to defeat UVSC 10-9 in dramatic fashion Wednesday afternoon. Senior Ben Buck (4-2) earned the win on the mound, pitching one inning, and giving up two runs on three hits, while striking out one. The Ute starter, Travis Kohn, threw five innings, giving up three runs on four hits, while striking out five and walking one. Brossman was an amazing 5-for-5 on the day with four singles and a triple. Tyson Olson was 3-for-5 with three runs and one RBI, while Welsh was 2-for-4 with three runs scored and two driven in. Matt Ciaramella was 2-for-4 with two RBI, including the game winner.

Scouting the Opposition
Air Force was swept last weekend by league-leader UNLV. In the first game, the Falcons fell 4-2 as UNLV's David Seccombe outlasted Air Force ace Clayton Couch. After allowing two runs in the first inning, Seccombe was nearly unhittable, retiring 20 consecutive Falcon batters in the complete-game three-hitter. Couch took a tough loss (2-4) as he allowed just two earned runs on four hits in a career-high 7.1 innings of work.

In game two, a fifth inning grand slam proved to be the difference in a 7-5 Rebel win. Mitch Brown (0-4) took the loss for the Falcons, allowing six runs while fanning four in a career-high seven innings pitched. Reid Lamson, Karl Bolt, Colton Walter and Zach Reimer had two hits apiece for Air Force.

In the series finale, UNLV broke open a 12-12 tie by scoring eight runs in the eighth inning en route to a 22-12 win last Sunday. The Rebels tied a Mountain West Conference record -- set two weekends ago by New Mexico vs. Air Force -- by hitting eight home runs in the game. Kyle DePierre (0-3) took the loss for the Falcons, allowing six runs, three earned, in 2.2 innings of relief. The Falcons were out-hit 22-13 and six players -- Matt Musser, Brent Tittle, Travis Fugler, Bolt, Nathan DeRohan and Jon Polston -- recorded two hits in the game.

MWC Standings

                  MWC           Overall
             W   L  Pct.     W   L  T  Pct.
UNLV        15   6  .714    28  17  0  .622
New Mexico  14   7  .667    18  23  1  .440
SDSU        12   7  .639    25  25  0  .500
BYU          9   9  .500    19  25  0  .432
Utah         5  13  .278    14  27  0  .341
Air Force    0  14  .000     5  33  0  .132

Ciaramella Ranks Third Nationally in Doubles
Ute center fielder Matt Ciaramella currently ranks third in the nation in doubles per game with a 0.54 per game average. The leader, Caleb Moore of East Tennessee State, has an average of 0.56.

Brossman on Fire
Freshman Jay Brossman, who currently leads the team in batting average, has been a huge offensive threat for the Utes recently. Over the last five games, the third baseman from Pullman, Wash., is hitting .522 with 12 hits in 23 at bats. In the two games earlier this week, Brossman was 7-of-9 for a .778 batting average.

Ciaramella MWC Player of the Week for April 19-25
Junior Matt Ciaramella was named Mountain West Conference Player of the Week for April 19-25 after helping Utah take two of three games at San Diego State as he belted five doubles and a home run vs. the Aztecs. Ciaramella started the week with a home run, a run scored and two RBI vs. Utah Valley State. In a one-run loss to SDSU in the series opener, he was 2-for-2 with a home run, a double and two RBI. In game two, he hit a pair of doubles, drove in two runs and scored another as Utah won 7-6. In the series finale, Ciaramella hit two more doubles, drove in another two runs and scored twice in a 9-4 victory. For the week, he hit .438 (7-for-16) with eight RBI, five runs scored, five doubles and two home runs.

Buck MWC Pitcher of the Week for April 5-11
Ben Buck was the MWC Pitcher of the Week for April 5-11. Buck, a senior from Thornton, Colo., went 1-0 in three appearances. In a doubleheader against Southern Utah, he pitched 2.0 innings of relief, giving up just two hits, while striking out three. He pitched one inning of relief in the second game of the series against the Lobos, giving up one hit. The following day, he threw a complete-game win, pitching all nine innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on six hits. For the week, Buck pitched 12.0 innings, giving up just one earned run on nine hits for 0.75 ERA.

Pena MWC Player of the Week for March 1-7
Senior shortstop Jared Pena was the MWC Player of the Week for March 1-7 after leading the Utes to a 3-0 record on the week. Pena hit .571 with two doubles, a home run and six RBI on the week. He also had a stolen base on his only attempt. In the first game against Southern Utah, he went 2-for-5 with two runs scored. In the second game vs. the Thunderbirds, Pena was 1-for-4 with one run and one RBI. On Saturday, Pena was a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate, with four runs scored and five RBI.

Franklin Covey Field
Utah plays the majority of its conference home games at state-of-the-art Franklin Covey Field (15,500). The 13,000-seat facility (not including the general admission area) also serves as the home to Salt Lake's AAA baseball team, the Stingers, an affiliate of the Anaheim Angels.

On Deck
Utah travels to Provo, Utah, for a 7 p.m. game against Utah Valley State next Tuesday, May 11. The two teams then face each other at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 12, at Ute Field.



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