Tanner Tripp threw six innings as Utah's starter, striking out two.
March 10, 2012
SAN JOSE, Calif. - San Jose State broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the eighth inning, as the Utah baseball team fell to the Spartans, 3-2 on Saturday evening.
San Jose State scored in the fourth inning after Matt Lopez led off the inning with a double and scored on a ground out. The Spartans took a 2-1 lead in the fifth off singles from Ricky Acosta and Nick Schulz.
San Jose State took advantage of two walks and an error to load the bases with no outs in the eighth inning. Although reliever Tyler Wagner got the next three batters out, the Spartans pushed a run across with a sacrifice fly to take a 3-2 lead.
Although Hunt led a Ute rally in the ninth inning with a single and reaching second on a throwing error, SJSU reliever Zack Jones was brought in to get the final two outs of the game.
Tanner Tripp had his best outing as a Ute on the mound, throwing six innings and allowing two runs on six hits with two strikeouts. Wagner entered in the seventh, allowing one run and one hit with two walks and five strikeouts. He earned the loss to fall to 0-3 on the season.
Utah was led at the plate by Nielsen and Hunt, each who had two hits. Utah out-hit San Jose State 8-7 in the game.
"It was really a well-played game," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "The breaks didn't go our way, and we didn't make our own breaks. A mistake ended up costing us the ball game, but I wasn't disappointed in how we played tonight. Tanner Tripp pitched well, and that was a positive."