March 10, 2013
MORAGA, Calif. - The Utah baseball team earned a big win over Saint Mary's on Sunday afternoon, 14-4.
Utah had just eight hits in the win, but took advantage of three errors, six hit batters, six walks and a balk. Tyler Yagi went 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBI while Dallas Carroll was 2-for-2. Connor Eppard, Tyler Relf and Cory Hunt each drove in two runs for the Utes.
Joe Pond pitched seven innings, striking out seven and walking just one. He raises his record to 2-1 on the season. Josh Chapman pitched an inning, and Trey Nielsen, making his first appearance on the mound for the Utes after primarily playing infield the last two seasons, pitched one inning and struck out two.
The Utes had five errors on the day, leading to two unearned runs.
"We didn't play very good defense today, and Joe Pond continued to throw strikes and battle to get us out of tough spots," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "He allowed us to stay in it. Joe was as good as he has been in a long time today."
Down 1-0 after Saint Mary's scored a run in the second inning, the Utes took the lead with a five-run fourth. Eppard had the only hit in the inning, an RBI double down the left field line, while the Utes took advantage of Gales miscues for other runs in the inning.
Saint Mary's rallied in the bottom of the seventh inning to score two runs on three hits to cut Utah's lead to 7-4 before the Utes scored three runs in the eighth and four runs in the ninth to pull away. Kody Davis and Carroll each had RBI hits in the eighth inning, while Cory Hunt hit a two-RBI triple in the ninth inning.
Utah and Saint Mary's close out their four-game series on Monday, March 11, at 1:00 p.m. PT.