Jo Jo Sharrar had two hits against UAB in game two.
March 3, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - After closing out the first game of the series with an 11-0 win, the Utah baseball team dropped a 2-1 decision against UAB in game two.
Yesterday's game (which was suspended in the middle of the ninth inning due to rain) ended with a 1-2-3 inning from Kesley Kondo on the mound. He had one strikeout. Starter Joe Pond picked up the win, going to 2-1 on the season.
Utah's Brock Duke and UAB's Ben Bullard spent most of game two locked in a pitchers dual. The Utes took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on base hits from Jo Jo Sharrar and Josh Alexander. UAB left two on base in the third inning, while the Utes stranded a pair in the seventh. The Blazers tied the game in the seventh by taking advantage of a Ute error. Although UAB loaded the bases with two outs, the Utes dropped the ball on the force out at second for what would have been the third out of the inning, allowing the runner to score.
Utah rallied with two outs in the 11th inning, putting two on after Trey Nielsen singled and Gavin Green walked, but could not continue the momentum. UAB would score in the bottom of the 11th on a squeeze play after loading the bases.
"I am proud of our pitching and defense today, we just didn't get it done offensively," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "Brock Duke was really good, and our defense was really good, but it was overshadowed by our lack of offense."
Duke went six innings, allowing six hits and giving up one earned run. He struck out five. Tyler Wagner, who entered in the seventh inning, went 4 1/3 innings, walking three and striking out four. He earns the loss to go to 0-2 on the year.
Utah and UAB play the rubber match on Sunday, March 4, at 12:00 p.m. CT. Utah will start RHP Ben Mordini on the mound, with UAB throwing RHP Tanner Bryant.