Braden Anderson went 3-for-4 at the plate for Utah.
Feb. 24, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - The Utah baseball team won its third-straight game with a 7-6 victory over UC Davis on Sunday afternoon.
A four-run fifth inning for the Utes broke a 3-3 tie in the game. The Utes would hold off UC Davis in the late innings for the win.
"We grinded that one out," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "There were a lot of base runners on both sides, and we traded punches throughout the game. We got the last six outs on guts and fumes."
"Braden played a great game on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball," Kinneberg said. "He made a spectacular play on a long fly ball early in the game."
Joe Pond picked up his first win of the season, going five innings, allowing four runs on eight hits with four strikeouts. Setup man Josh Chapman pitched 2 1/3 innings, allowing two hits and two runs (none earned) with two strikeouts, and Mitch Watrous got his second save of the year after throwing 1 2/3 innings.
"Joe struggled but kept us in the ball game," Kinneberg said. "Chapman and Watrous came in on a day's rest and did a nice job."
Utah scored a run in the first inning after Anderson led off the game with a double and crossed the plate on Tyler Relf's infield hit. UC Davis took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the inning on a two-run home run. The Utes took advantage of an Aggie error in the top of the second to score a run and put the game at 2-2.
Utah's four-run fifth inning started after TJ Bennett walked and Relf reached on an error. Bennett scored on a sacrifice fly from Tyler Yagi, while Relf crossed the plate with an RBI single from Dallas Carroll. Wyler Smith hit an RBI double to left followed by an RBI single off the bat of Cory Hunt to give Utah a 7-3 lead.
UC Davis threatened the remainder of the game, scoring runs in the fifth, seventh and eighth innings. The Utes also had further chances to score in the late innings. Utah stranded 10 runners on base throughout the game while UC Davis left 12.
"I am a little disappointed that we had opportunities to score in the late innings and didn't get it done," Kinneberg said. "Our pitching and defense held fast and it turned out ok. We take pride in winning the last four innings of the game, and I'm not so sure we won that battle today, but we finished it, and that was key."
The Aggies had four errors in the game, while the Utes made two miscues.
Utah and UC Davis close out the four-game series on Monday at 12:00 p.m. PT.