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Utah Baseball Defeats Nebraska, 4-3, to Close Out Pac-12/Big 10 Challenge

Dalton Carroll picked up the win on the mound, throwing five innings.

Dalton Carroll picked up the win on the mound, throwing five innings.

Feb. 23, 2014

Box Score

GOODYEAR, Ariz. - The Utah baseball team defeated Nebraska, 4-3, on Sunday afternoon to close out the Pac-12/Big 10 Challenge.

Utah had the most wins of any Pac-12 team in the tournament, with Oregon State and Washington both going 1-2 in the challenge.

"Again we got fantastic pitching and defense today," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "Nebraska is a very offensive team, so for Dalton (Carroll) and Bret (Helton) to pitch the way they did, it was pretty good. We got the bats going a little bit and got plenty of hits, so it was an all-around good effort today. It was a good end to the tournament. It was hard playing so many innings last night and early today, but it shows the guys really want to succeed."

On the mound, Carroll earned the start and pitched five innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits with one walk. Helton threw four shutout innings, allowing just three hits and striking out two, picking up the save.

Utah had 11 hits on the day, with Kody Davis and Konnor Armijo each going 2-for-3 with two walks. Cory Hunt and Tyler Yagi also each had a pair of hits.

Both teams scored in the first inning. The Utes took advantage of three walks and an error to score a run, while Nebraska had three hits for its first run of the game.

Utah left runners on base in the second and third innings before taking a 2-1 lead in the fourth. Yagi hit a two-out double followed by an RBI single from Davis. The Utes added to their lead in the fifth inning. After back-to-back leadoff singles from Wyler Smith and Armijo, Smith scored on a ground out to give Utah a 3-1 lead.

 

 

Nebraska cut into the lead with a run in the bottom of the fifth, scoring an unearned run with the help of an error and a sacrifice fly. Utah added another insurance run for a 4-2 lead in the sixth on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Max Schuman, who sent in Davis after he led off the inning with a single and advanced two bases on a throwing error. Nebraska again rallied in the bottom of the sixth for three-straight leadoff hits to score a run before reliever Helton got the next three outs, while the Huskers stranded two on the base paths.

Nebraska looked to make a late rally in the eighth inning with a two-out walk and single before Helton got a ground out to end the inning. A ninth-inning two-out walk issued to a Husker batter was also squelched by a strikeout.

Utah left 12 runners on base during the game, while Nebraska stranded nine.

Utah travels to Loyola Marymount for a three-game series, Feb. 28 - March 3.

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