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Late Rally Falls Short for Utah Baseball in 8-5 Loss to Michigan State

Freshman Dylan Drachler has not allowed an earned run in three appearances for the Utes.

Freshman Dylan Drachler has not allowed an earned run in three appearances for the Utes.

Feb. 21, 2014

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SURPRISE, Ariz. - Despite a late rally, the Utah baseball team fell to Michigan State, 8-5, in its opening game of the Pac-12/Big 10 Challenge in Surprise, Ariz.

Although Utah held an early 3-2 lead, Michigan State scored two runs in the fifth, three in the sixth and a run in the seventh to take an 8-3 lead. Utah loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the ninth and would get two runs before the Spartans got the final outs of the game.

Utah was led at the plate by Cory Hunt, who went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, while Cody Scaggari and Wyler Smith also had two hits each. TJ Bennett drove in three of Utah's five runs in the game.

On the mound, Mitch Watrous went five innings, striking out eight while allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits. Dylan Drachler was also strong on the mound, throwing the final 2 1/3 innings, allowing one unearned run on three hits. Luke West also pitched part of an inning.



Down 8-3 going into the top of the ninth, the Scaggari singled to left to lead off the inning. Hunt was hit by the pitch and Kody Davis walked to load the bases with no outs. After a pitching change, the Spartans got a fly out and strikeout before Bennett walked to send in Scaggari. A wild pitch led to another run and the Spartans issued a walk to Tyler Yagi to re-load the bases before Michigan State got a strikeout to end the game.

Michigan State took a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning off three-straight hits before Watrous got three strikeouts to end the inning.

Utah took a 3-2 lead in the third inning. Hunt led off the inning with a single and Davis was hit by the pitch to put two runners on. Wyler Smith hit an infield single to load the bases. After a strikeout, Bennett hit a two-RBI double down the left field line. Smith also scored on a ground out from Yagi.

A two-run home run after an error gave Michigan State a 4-3 lead, and the Spartans added three runs on four hits in the sixth inning to pull ahead 7-3. A single and an error helped lead to another run for Michigan State in the seventh inning.

The Utes left 10 runners on base throughout the game. The Utes had back-to-back hits from Scaggari and Hunt to lead off the seventh but neither would score.

Utah continues at the Pac-12/Big 10 Challenge on Saturday, Feb. 22, against Indiana at 4:00 p.m. MT.

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