Tyler Relf drove in two runs in the ninth inning to give Utah the lead.
Feb. 22, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - The Utah baseball team scored five runs in the final two innings to open a four-game series with an 11-8 win over UC Davis on Friday afternoon.
In the ninth inning, with the bases loaded and one out after two walks and a Biss Larsen single, Tyler Relf delivered a two-RBI single up the middle to give the Utes the lead. Carroll reached on an error to score two additional runs in the inning and give Utah a three-run lead.
Reliever Josh Chapman, who picked up the win after pitching the final two innings of the game, forced UC Davis into leaving two runners on base in the eighth inning, and got two ground outs after the Aggies had a one-out hit in the ninth. Chapman surrendered just one hit during the final two innings.
Brock Duke earned the start on the mound, pitching six innings and allowing five runs on 10 hits with four strikeouts. Mitch Watrous pitched one inning, allowing three runs on four hits with a strikeout.
"We beat a pretty good team today," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "UC Davis is very good offensively. We took a 6-1 lead, and they battled back but we kept grinding. The big inning in the ninth showed a lot of character on our part. We had big hits and big at-bats the whole inning. Braden Anderson started it with a walk with a good at-bat with a 3-2 count, and Biss missed a couple of sacrifices before he got a big two-strike hit. Relf also had a big two-strike hit. TJ Bennett had a very good day for us as well."