Feb. 25, 2012
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - The Utah baseball team continued to struggle at the Kleberg Bank College Classic, falling to UNLV, 9-2, and Nebraska, 15-0.
In game one, UNLV took a 3-0 lead in the first inning. T.J. White hit a bases-loaded single to left field to drive in two of the three runs, as the Rebels had four hits in the inning.
The Utes scored their first runs of the game in the third. Tyler Relf led off the inning when he was hit by a pitch. Tyson Gonzalez had an RBI double followed by an RBI single from Parker Morin to cut the lead to 3-2.
The Rebels added to their lead in the fourth inning with three runs, led by Brandon Bayardi's two-RBI double. UNLV would add to its total in the late innings with a run in the seventh and two in the eighth.
For the second-straight game, Utah again struggled with runners left on base. The Utes had runners on base in every inning, stranding a total of nine on the bases. Gonzalez and Ryan Cooperstone each had a pair of hits for Utah. UNLV had 19 hits.
Joe Pond earned the loss on the mound, allowing six runs (five earned) over 3 2/3 innings. Mitch Watrous had a solid 3 1/3 innings, allowing one run on five hits. Luke West and Kesley Kondo each pitched one inning. Kondo struck out two of the four batters he faced.
Nothing went right for the Utes in the second game against Nebraska, as they had just two hits the entire game. Both came on back-to-back base hits in the fourth inning from Gonzalez and Morin.
On the mound, Ben Mordini allowed eight runs on four hits with four strikeouts. He earned the loss to fall to 0-2 on the year. Tony Vocca pitched 4 1/3 innings, striking out seven and giving up seven runs on 13 hits. Kondo pitched the final 1 2/3 innings, allowing just one hit with a strikeout.