TJ Bennett had three hits for the Utes against LMU.
March 1, 2014
LOS ANGELES - With a four-run eighth inning, the Utah baseball team came from behind to defeat Loyola Marymount, 7-6 on Saturday afternoon.
The Utes were scheduled to play a doubleheader, but the second game got postponed in the second inning with the Utes down 1-0. The teams will resume that game on Sunday, March 2, at 10:00 a.m., and play seven innings before playing the scheduled game three of the series.
Although Utah took an early 3-0 lead, LMU tied the game with a three-run fifth inning and took a 5-3 lead with a two-run seventh inning before the Utes rallied to take the lead for good in the top of the eighth with four runs.
Mitch Watrous pitched six innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on four hits. He had six strikeouts. Josh Chapman entered in the seventh inning and would earn the win, allowing two runs on three hits with two strikeouts. He raises his record to 2-0 this year. Nick Green picked up his third save of the season, throwing the final two innings and allowing no hits with a strikeout.
After the first two batters reached base in the bottom of the eighth, Green was brought on and a sacrifice bunt and ground out led to a run before Bennett snared a line drive to get the third out of the inning.
Utah left two on base in the top of the ninth and Green got three quick outs to give Utah the victory.
The Utes took a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning on base hits from Yagi and Bennett. Hunt and Young both had hits in the third inning for a run while hits from Hunt and Yagi led to a sacrifice fly off the bat of Kody Davis in the fifth inning, giving Utah a 3-0 lead.
Watrous allowed just one hit through his first four innings. LMU strung together three runs on three hits with the help of an error in the fifth inning. Both squads left runners on base in the sixth inning before the Lions had two hits with a hit by pitch to score a pair of runs in the seventh, taking a 5-3 lead before the Utes rallied in the eighth inning.