Josh Chapman threw 2 2/3 scoreless and hitless innings against Sacramento State.
Feb. 16, 2014
SACRAMENTO - After tying the game at 4-4 in the eighth inning, the Utah baseball team fell in the bottom of the ninth to Sacramento State, 5-4.
With the Utes down 4-3 after four innings, the Utes broke through in the eighth inning with a run to tie the game at 4-4. Tyler Yagi led off the inning with a double down the left field line and scored on AJ Young's single up the middle.
In the ninth inning, Wyler Smith looked to start a two-out rally with a double to right center before Sacramento State got a strikeout to end the game. In the bottom of the ninth, the Hornets got a pair of infield singles (one as pitcher Luke West slipped trying to field the ball) and a run nearly scored on a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt, but the Utes recovered to make a play at the plate. The game-winning run came on a hard hit that was knocked down and the Utes attempt to make a play at the plate was too late.
Both teams stranded runners on base in the early innings before Sacramento State took a 3-0 lead with a run in the second and two runs in the third.
Utah got on the board in the fourth inning with a leadoff single from Armijo and Yagi followed with a double down the right field line. Young drove in both runners with a single up the middle. Utah loaded the bases with a bunt single from Scaggari and Hunter Simmons reached on a fielder's choice and error while Kody Davis was hit by the pitch to score a run and tie the game at 3-3 before the Hornets got the final two outs to end the inning.
Sacramento State re-took the lead in the fourth with three-straight one-out singles for a run before Utah brought in Chapman to force a double play to get the Utes out of the inning.
Pitching kept both teams off the bases in the middle of the game before Utah tied the game in the eighth.
Utah and Sacramento State play game four of the series on Monday, Feb. 17, at 1:00 p.m. PT.