Ryan Khoury hit his team-leading 12th home run Tuesday afternoon against UVSC. (Photo by George Seeley)
May 9, 2006
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah baseball team had numerous chances to take a victory over Utah Valley State Tuesday afternoon at Ute Field. But the Utes left 17 runners on base and dropped an 11-9 decision to the Wolverines.
Utah Valley State (17-34) put together a seven-run fourth inning to grab an 8-2 lead early in the contest. Utah (23-23) quickly got back into the contest in the bottom of the fourth. The Utes scored five runs in their half of the fourth, including a two-run home run off the bat of right fielder Joe Mozeleski.
Utah got all the way back in the sixth, tying the game at 8-8. First baseman Jay Brossman singled and later scored on an RBI single off the bat of third baseman Erich Kemp. But the lead was short-lived. The Wolverines scored single runs in both the seventh and eighth innings to go on top 10-8.
Meanwhile, Utah left the bases loaded in the seventh without scoring. In the eighth, the Utes pulled back within one run. Clayne Garrett dropped a two-out, pinch-hit single into left-center. Pinch-runner Mike Tummolo then scored on Corey Shimada's triple off the right-field fence. But Brossman flew out to right field and Utah left two runners in scoring position.
UVSC scored an insurance run in the top of the ninth. Dan Bulow doubled and later scored on a sacrifice fly to give the Wolverines an 11-9 lead. Utah had another chance to tie the contest or take the lead in the bottom of the ninth. Eric King led off the inning with a walk. Kemp and Mozeleski then each ripped one-out singles to load the bases. But catcher Josh Bell grounded into a double play to end the threat.
Kalen Parsons (3-8) picked up the victory in relief for Utah Valley State. He tossed the final 3 1/3 innings, allowing just one run on six hits. Brian Lane (1-1) suffered the loss for Utah. He worked three innings of relief, allowing four runs.
Kemp led the Utes at the plate, going 4-for-6 with two runs scored and one RBI. UVSC shortstop Eli Slesk paced the Wolverines offensively. He was 2-for-4 with four RBIs and a run scored.
Utah is back in action again Friday at 6 p.m., hosting Air Force at Franklin Covey Field.