Biss Larsen was one of four Utes who had two hits.
March 7, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas - Behind a four-run fifth inning, the Utah baseball team defeated UT Arlington 5-3 to open the UTA Tournament on Friday afternoon.
"It was a good bounce back win for us after Tuesday night," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "I am proud of the way the guys came back out and played a solid baseball game. We had hits in groups and I thought we swung the bats well the first six innings. We had some other opportunities that I wish we would have capitalized on, but our pitching and defense got it done."
Mitch Watrous picked up his first win of the season on the mound, throwing six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits with a strikeout. Zach Adams pitched two innings, striking out three, while Nick Green picked up his fourth save of the year after throwing the ninth inning.
The Utes took a 1-0 lead in the third inning, setting up a run when Larsen doubled to left field followed by an RBI single off the bat of Davis.
Utah broke the game open with a four-run fifth inning to take a 5-0 lead. Schuman and Larsen hit back-to-back singles to lead off the inning, and Davis loaded the bases with a single. The first two runs scored on walks issued to Cory Hunt and TJ Bennett. After a pitching change, Helton hit a sacrifice fly for a run and another run scored on an error.
Utah (6-6) continues at the UTA Tournament on Saturday, March 8, against Abilene Christian at 11:00 a.m. CT.