Junior Matt Ciaramella was 3-for-3, driving in three runs and scoring three others in the Utes' loss on Sunday.
March 14, 2004
STOCKTON, Calif. - The Utah baseball team scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning, but its comeback fell just short, as it dropped the final game of a three-game series at Pacific 11-10 this afternoon. With the loss, the Utes fall to 4-11 on the year.
Utah out-hit the Tigers 13 to 12, but stranded 13 runners on the game.
Freshman Travis Kohn suffered the loss on the mound, falling to 1-2 on the year. He pitched 2.0 innings, giving up one run on two hits. The Utes' starter, Shad McCord, gave up four runs on four hits. The four Utah pitchers struck out just three batters on the game.
Pacific jumped out to a 5-0 lead after plating two runs on the first and three more in the second.
Utah plated three runs in the top of the third inning on an RBI-double by sophomore Ryan Khoury, a one-run single by junior Tyson Olson and another run by junior Matt Ciaramella on an error by the Pacific second baseman.
The Tigers made it a 7-3 game in the bottom of the same inning on a two-run base hit. The Utes answered in the fourth on an Olson two-RBI single.
After a scoreless fifth, Khoury drove in a run with a double down the left field line. Ciaramella followed with a double to right center, bringing in another run. After stealing third, Ciaramella was brought home on a sacrifice fly by senior Eric Chevalier, giving Utah its first lead of the game, 8-7.
Pacific fired right back with two runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead back. The Tigers added two more in the eighth to make it an 11-8 game.
In the top of the ninth, Utah scored two more runs after four singles in a row, making it a one-run game with one out. Unfortunately, Olson struck out swinging and Chevalier flied out to right field to end the game.
Utah opens conference play with a three-game series at New Mexico next Friday-Sunday, March 19-21. Friday and Saturday's game begin at 6 p.m., while the Sunday game will begin at noon.