Dylan Drachler pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings for the Utes.
March 14, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah baseball team broke up a no-hitter in the eighth inning as the Utes dropped their home opener to fourth-ranked Oregon State, 6-1, on Friday evening.
A five-run sixth inning for Oregon State provided most of the offense in the loss for the Utes.
Utah's Mitch Watrous and Oregon State's Ben Wetzler battled back and forth on the mound for most of the game. Michael Conforto put up the first run of the game for the Beavers with a solo home run in the fourth.
Oregon State took a 6-0 lead with a five-run sixth inning, stringing together six hits. Utah also had two errors in the inning.
Utah tried to break up the no-hitter in the seventh, as a ball up the middle was deflected off Wetzler's glove towards the second baseman, who made the out. The first baseman danced around a high fly ball before making a catch.
Dylan Drachler entered in the sixth on the mound and allowed three hits over 3 1/3 innings, striking out two and walking two. Watrous earned the loss, allowing six runs (five earned) on nine hits with four strikeouts. He falls to 1-3 on the year.
"It was a good effort from Mitch," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "Mitch was pitching very well and we made some mistakes in that sixth inning that hurt us. They got a couple of guys on and we gave them a couple extra outs. When you're playing the fourth-ranked team in the country, they are going to capitalize on that. Defensively, we made some mistakes and it ultimately hurt us. Wetzler really pitched well. He didn't give us much to swing at. Hats off to them, they did a nice job. Friday nights are tough in the Pac-12. Our offense has to do a better job of getting their pitch and driving the baseball and creating some havoc. New day tomorrow. We'll prepare and be ready to play tomorrow."