TJ Bennett drove in three of Utah's six runs.
Feb. 15, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The Utah baseball team opened its 2013 campaign with a 6-3 win over Loyola Marymount on Friday afternoon.
"Brock Duke, who had a perfect game going into the sixth inning, really set the tone for us today," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "Our offence grinded it out and we played very good defense. TJ Bennett really had a couple of key hits for us."
Duke pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) and three hits in the victory. Mitch Watrous pitched the final 2 2/3 innings, allowing one run on one hit to earn the save.
Bennett, who homered in his first career at-bat in the first inning, went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI. Kody Davis was also 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
Utah took a 2-0 lead in the first inning after Davis led off the game when he was hit by the pitch, leading to a two-run home run off the bat of Bennett. The Utes increased their lead to 3-0 in the fourth inning, as Davis reached on an error with the bases loaded to score Dallas Carroll.
Loyola Marymount got on the board in the bottom of the seventh, cutting Utah's lead to 3-2 after a two-RBI double off the bat of Tanner Donnels.
The Utes came back in the top of the eighth, taking advantage of hit batters and a walk to send a run across, then adding two more run in the ninth with the help of an RBI single from Bennett to put the Utah lead at 6-2.
LMU attempted a ninth-inning rally after Colton Plaia led off the inning with a double down the left field line. He would score on a ground out as Watrous took care of the next three batters to secure the Utah victory.