Ethan Leiter hit a three-run home run for the Utes against UC Davis.
Feb. 18, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - The Utah baseball team picked up its first win of the season on Saturday against UC Davis, 7-1.
UC Davis stranded two in bottom of second before getting on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning off singles from Eric Johnson and Nick Lynch. Although the Aggies loaded the bases with just one out, Ute starter Joe Pond got out of the jam by forcing John Williams into a double play.
The Utes added to their total in the sixth inning with three runs for a 6-1 lead. Biss Larsen had the big hit in the inning with a two-RBI single as Utah took advantage of two UC Davis errors.
UC Davis again left two runners on base in the bottom of the sixth inning. Utah would continue to increase its lead in the seventh with a run, as Tyson Gonzalez led off the inning with a single and would score on a sacrifice fly from Nielsen.
Gonzalez and Morin each had a pair of hits to lead Utah.
Pond allowed seven hits over six innings, striking out three. He earned the win to go to 1-0 on the year. Nick Green struck out two the seventh inning, while Josh Chapman did not allow a hit in his two innings pitched.
"We swung the bats better today. We cut down on strikeouts and got key hits," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "Ethan got us going in the second with the home run and that was the difference in the ball game. Larsen also had a big two-out hit for us to extend the lead. Joe Pond pitched effectively. He had runners on most innings but got out of it. If we only give up one run, I'll take that anytime. Chapman and Green also pitched well today."
Utah and UC Davis continue their four-game series on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. PT.