Tanner Banks picked up his first career win against UC Davis.
Feb. 23, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - The Utah baseball team broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning en route to a 7-3 win over UC Davis on Saturday afternoon.
TJ Bennett broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the eighth inning with a two-run home run over the left field fence, giving Utah a 4-2 lead.
UC Davis looked to start a rally in the bottom of the eighth inning, putting its first two batters on base. Although reliever Chase Rezac struck out the next two, the Aggies cut into the Utah lead after a passed ball led to a run to put the score at 4-3.
Utah added three insurance runs in the top of the ninth inning with back-to-back home runs. AJ Young hit his first career homer with a two-run shot to left field, while Cory Hunt followed with his own home run to left field.
Rezac got two ground outs and a strikeout in the bottom of the ninth inning, earning the save.
Utah starter Tanner Banks pitched seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits with four strikeouts in his first win of the season.
Bennett and Young each went 2-for-4 with two RBI to lead Utah at the plate. Bennett also scored two runs for the Utes.
"Tanner really did nice job of hanging in there," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "He didn't have his best stuff today, but he got better in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, and that was big for us. That gave us a chance to get to their bullpen, and our guys did a nice job getting some at bats and getting good pitches to hit.
"Those were huge insurance runs in the ninth inning. It takes away [UC Davis's] bunt game, and they have to swing when they come to bat. AJ's home run and Cory's home run were big opportunities for us."
Utah and UC Davis play game three of the four-game series on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 1:00 p.m. PT.