Cooper Blanc had three hits and drove in two runs for Utah against New Mexico.
May 22, 2010
SALT LAKE CITY - Despite rallying from a pair of deficits during the game, the Utah baseball team fell in its regular-season finale to New Mexico, 7-6.
With the loss, Utah falls to 10-14 in the Mountain West Conference. The Utes will be the No. 6 seed with the official announcement of the MWC Tournament bracket later this evening. The tournament gets under way on Tuesday, May 25, where the Utes will face third-seeded San Diego State at 7:00 p.m.
New Mexico jumped out to a 4-0 lead quickly, scoring three runs in the first inning and adding a run in the second.
The Utes began to claw their way back in the third inning. Josh Reed and Cooper Blanc led off the inning with back-to-back singles, with Reed scoring on Blanc's hit after advancing to second on a balk. Two more runs came in the bottom of the fifth. Kevin Hussey hit a two-out single through the right side, following by a single by Reed. Blanc had his second RBI of the game with a double down the left field line that was hit just over the third-baseman's head. Rick Cornu sent Reed across the plate with a ground out, putting Utah within a run, 4-3.
Utah tied the game in the bottom of the sixth inning, 4-4. Nik Gumeson led off with a single to right field, moving over with a sacrifice bunt by Nick Kuroczko. After stealing third, Gumeson scored on Kyle Myers' long sacrifice fly to left field.
New Mexico came back in the seventh inning. Rafael Neda's two-out single down the left field line started the rally before Ryan Honeycutt gave the Lobos back the lead with a triple to deep right center. He scored on an error, giving New Mexico a 6-4 lead.
New Mexico took advantage of Utah errors to score in the ninth inning. Ben Woodchick led off the inning with a walk, advancing to second on a wild pitch. He would move to third on an errant throw after Justin Howard lined out. Although reliever Stephen Streich struck Honeycutt out for what should have been the third out of the inning, the pitch was wild and got by the catcher, allowing Honeycutt to take off to first and Woodchick to score the game-winning run.
The Utes put a runner on in the ninth with Cornu walking, but could not put anything together.
Blanc led the Utes with three hits and two RBI, while Gumeson had two hits with two RBI. Reed also had a pair of hits.
Utah starter Andrew Wilding pitched three innings, allowing five hits with two earned runs. Brock Duke was strong in 3.2 innings while Tyler Andersen had two strikeouts and allowed just one hit over 1.1 innings. Streich earned the loss, falling to 4-3 on the year.