Jay Brossman hit two home runs in the game-one win over St. Mary's.
March 25, 2006
MORAGA, Calif. - The University of Utah baseball team took the first game of a three-game set with St. Mary's College Saturday. The Utes picked up a 14-7 win over the Gaels, finishing a game that was suspended in the fourth inning Friday due to rain.
First baseman Jay Brossman had a big day for the Utes. He finished 3-for-5 at the plate, belted two home runs, scored three runs and tallied four RBIs. Shortstop Ryan Khoury was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and three runs driven in for Utah. Meanwhile, Joe Mozeleski also rapped out three hits, scoring two and notching two RBIs.
Sophomore pitcher Rory James (1-0) picked up his first victory in relief. James tossed 3 1/3 innings, allowing four runs, while striking out five and walking just one.
Both teams scored three runs in the first inning Friday. Brossman blasted a three-run home run to right-center field for Utah. St. Mary's tied it in the bottom of the first off Utah starter Josh Cooper. The Utes quickly regained the lead in the second inning, 5-3, when second baseman Bret Baldwin ripped a two-out, two-run single to right field.
Utah increased its lead with a single run in the third, holding a 6-3 lead in the fourth when rain halted play. Utah quickly went to work on St. Mary's reliever Ian Farmer when play resumed on Saturday. The Utes took a 10-3 lead in the fifth behind an RBI single from right fielder Joe Mozeleski and a two-run double down the left-field line off the bat of Khoury.
The Gaels got those four runs back in the bottom of the fifth off James. The big blow in the inning was a three-run, bases-loaded double from Sam Carter for St. Mary's. That pulled the Gaels within three again, 10-7. But that's as close as St. Mary's would get.
Carter did much of the damage at the plate for St. Mary's. He was 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Joel Fountain (4-2), Friday's starter for the Gaels, was saddled with the loss. He allowed six runs in four innings of work.
Utah and St. Mary's are slated to play game two of the series Saturday afternoon at Louis Gusto Field.