Josh Rose had two hits for the Utes in his collegiate debut.
Feb. 14, 2014
SACRAMENTO - The Utah baseball team dropped its season-opener to Sacramento State on Friday afternoon, 3-2.
The Utes struggled out of the gate, as Sacramento State scored two first-inning runs to take an early 2-0 lead. Two walks and a single loaded the bases with no outs, and a two-RBI single scored a pair of runs before the Utes got the next three outs.
Sacramento State took a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning after a leadoff double, wild pitch and walk led to an RBI single.
Utah cut into the lead with a run to cut the lead to 3-2 in the fifth as Tyler Yagi led off the inning with a double to left field and Rose had his second hit of the game, driving in Yagi.
Relief pitchers for both sides put on strong performances, with both offenses shutting down past the fifth inning. In his debut for the Utes, Dylan Drachler pitched 2 1/3 innings, allowing two hits, one walk, and one strikeout.
Rose went 2-for-3 to lead the Utes at the plate.
"We played solid, but we just couldn't get a whole lot going," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "Mitch and Dylan pitched very well. It was just a simple baseball game today."
Utah and Sacramento State continue its four-game series on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 2:00 p.m. PT.