April 2, 2004
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Utah banged out a season-high 20 hits and three home runs to down Air Force, 13-6, in a Mountain West Conference baseball game at Falcon Field. The Falcons fall to 5-25 overall and 0-7 in the MWC and Utah improves to 5-16, 2-5.
Utah starter Jason Price improved to 2-4 on the year, striking out 11 Falcon batters and allowing five runs in seven innings pitched. Air Force starter Mitch Brown fell to 0-3 on the year, allowing six runs, four earned, while fanning five in five innings pitched.
Three Utes registered three hits on the day and five more had two hits. Jay Brossman hit his first home run of the season, going 3-for-5 with three RBI and Tyson Olson went 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBI. Jared Pena hit his second homer of the year.
Utah went up 2-0 in the top of the first, scoring two runs off a costly throwing error by the second baseman Walter. With two outs and a runner on first, Walter fielded a routine grounder but threw the ball into the Utah dugout making it runners on second and third. Trevor Eastman then followed up with a single up the middle to score both runners.
The Falcons answered back with a run in the bottom of the inning highlighted by Musser's hit-and-run single. Josh Wolfram led off the inning by drawing and walk and drew the second baseman towards second base on the hit-and-run attempt, allowing Musser to place the ball where the second baseman was. Nathan DeRohan then scored Wolfram from third in a sacrifice fly to center field. Musser, who made his varsity debut, also stole three bases and scored a run.
The Utah bats came alive in the fifth inning, scoring four runs on five hits to jump out to a 6-1 lead. The Falcons came right back with three runs in the bottom of the inning, getting a two-run homer from Nathan DeRohan and an RBI double from Jason Brown to make it a 6-4 game.
The Ute bats were too strong however, as they went on to score two runs in the sixth, three in the seventh and two in the eighth to pull further ahead. Air Force scored runs in the seventh and eighth.
The Falcons and Utes return to action tomorrow (April 3) at 1 p.m. for game two of the three game set. Probable starters for tomorrow will be Soph. RHP Kyle DePierre (0-1, 8.05) for AFA and Jr. RHP Doug Mackay (2-4, 6.43) for Utah.
Game Notes: Matt Musser made his debut for the Falcons, starting in left field... Musser's three stolen bases is a Falcons' single-game high... Jon Polston threw out two Utah baserunners in the game... Falcons registered 10-or-more hits for the first time in seven games... Mitch Brown was the first Air Force starter to work five-or-more innings in 13 games.