John Welsh was 3-for-4 in Saturday afternoon's loss to St. Mary's.
March 26, 2006
MORAGA, Calif. -- St. Mary's College pitchers struck out 15 University of Utah batters Saturday afternoon. But the Gaels still had to hold off a late Ute rally to take a 5-4 win at Louis Guisto Field.
St. Mary's starting pitcher Corey Madden (3-1) tossed six innings of shutout ball to pick up the win. He struck out 10 Utes in his time on the mound. Mitchell Nisco allowed four late Utah runs, but was able to hold them off enough through three innings of work to pick up his second save.
Utah starter Eric King (1-4) allowed four runs in 4 2/3 innings of work and suffered the loss.
St. Mary's scored a single run on a walk and two singles in the second inning to jump on top, 1-0. The Gaels added another single run in the fourth to go up 2-0. SMC saw Same Carter single and later score, followed by an Ian Gordon RBI double, in the fifth. Those two runs put St. Mary's up 4-0.
Carter hit a solo home run in the seventh to give the Gaels a 5-0 lead and account for the eventual game-winning run.
Utah mounted its comeback in the eighth. Shortstop Ryan Khoury led off with a double and later scored on a Tyler Kmetko single. Later in the inning, center fielder John Welsh chased Kmetko home with a run-scoring single to make it 5-2.
In the ninth, Joe Mozeleski led off with a walk. But then the Utes tallied two quick outs. However, Khoury singled to keep the inning alive. Mozeleski and Khoury then both advanced on a passed ball. Kmetko's single through the left side of the infield plated Mozeleski and made it 5-3. Bret Baldwin then singled up the middle, chasing Khoury home and pulling Utah within one run, 5-4. But first baseman Jay Brossman struck out swinging, leaving Utah one run short.
Utah fell to 10-11 on the season with the loss. St. Mary's improved to 13-11. The Utes and Gaels will play the rubber match of this series Sunday afternoon.