Mitch Watrous surrendered just three hits over 4 2/3 innings.
March 8, 2012
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Despite a leadoff home run from James Brooks, the Utah baseball team failed to score any more runs in a 4-1 loss to Santa Clara on Thursday evening.
After Brooks gave Utah a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, Santa Clara answered with a run in the bottom of the inning off doubles from Andrew Biancardi and Pat Stover to tie the score.
Utah (2-10) threatened in the top of the fourth after a one-out triple from Shaun Cooper, but it was the Broncos that would take the lead in the bottom of the fourth with three runs off five hits to take a 4-1 lead.
The Utes also stranded two on in the fifth inning after back-to-back hits from Tyson Gonzalez and Brooks.
Brooks went 3-for-4 at the plate, while Parker Morin was 2-for-4 for Utah.
Starting pitcher Joe Pond threw 3 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits with three strikeouts. He earns the loss to go to 2-2 on the year. Mitch Watrous threw the final 4 2/3 innings, allowing just three hits (all singles) with four strikeouts the remainder of the game.
Santa Clara starter Tommy Nance pitched eight innings, allowing one run and seven hits with seven strikeouts. Peter Summerville went 3-for-4 at the plate for the Broncos.
Utah continues at the Jack Gifford Memorial Tournament against Lehigh on Friday, March 9, beginning at 1:00 p.m. PT.