After four blowout wins over Southern Utah, the University of Utah finally played a close one against the T-Birds.
Too close.The Utes needed a two-out, four-run rally in the bottom of the 13th inning Wednesday to edge Southern Utah, 9-8, at Derks Field.
The come-from-behind effort started innocently enough, with the Utes' Steve Davis drawing a two-out walk. But Mike Aranzullo reached base on an error, and Brett Alvey followed with a walk to load the bases. That brought up Mike Edwards, who leads the Western Athletic Conference in homers and batting average. Edwards ripped a double off the left-field wall to score two runs, and Mike Oziminski followed with a two-run single to win it.
The loss went to Craig Blackham, and nullified a solid pitching effort by SU's Chris Weaver. Weaver, who isn't even listed as a pitcher on the T-Birds' roster, allowed the Utes just seven hits and three earned runs over 10 innings before leaving with the game tied 5-5.
Ute coach Rick Sofield used five pitchers in the game, Kevin Quinn getting the win despite giving up three runs in the 13th.
Utah's record is 13-20 overall and 2-2 in the WAC as it begins league play in earnest Thursday with the start of a four-game homestand against Wyoming (13-9, 2-1). Thursday's game starts at 2 p.m., followed by a doubleheader Friday at 4 p.m. and a single game Saturday at 1 p.m. All games will be played at Derks Field.