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Utes Strike Out 12 as Baseball Falls to Oregon State, 5-1

AJ Young went 2-for-4 with an RBI against Oregon State.

AJ Young went 2-for-4 with an RBI against Oregon State.

March 15, 2014

Box Score

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah's pitchers combined for 12 strikeouts as the Utes baseball team fell to fourth-ranked Oregon State, 5-1, on Saturday afternoon.

Bret Helton earned the start on the mound, pitching four innings and allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits with three walks and five strikeouts. He falls to 2-1 on the year with the loss. Zach Adams was strong in relief, throwing five innings with seven strikeouts, surrendering just three hits.

"Zach had three pitches working for him. He was locating his fastball, getting ahead of hitters, and that's how pitching's supposed to be done," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said.

TJ Bennett, AJ Young and Cory Hunt each went 2-for-4 at the plate. Young drove in the Utes lone run.

Utah struggled with timely hitting during the game, recording nine hits to Oregon State's 10. Both teams left nine runners on base throughout.

Oregon State spread its five runs out over four innings. A solo home run put the Beavers up 1-0 in the second inning. A walk and a single as well as an error on an overthrown ball led to a run in the third. The Beavers increased their lead to 3-0 in the third after a leadoff walk led to an RBI single. OSU added two more runs in the fifth to take a 5-0 lead, taking advantage of another leadoff walk before an RBI double and an RBI single between a pair of strikeouts.

Utah got on the board in the sixth inning. Bennett hit a single to left field and Young followed with an RBI double in the gap in right center. Max Schuman also had a hit in the inning, beating out an infield single to shortstop to put runners on the corners before a strikeout ended the inning.

 

 

"It's disappointing that we're not playing real well right now but there's always tomorrow," Kinneberg said. "I just want to play well in all three phases of the game. I want to pitch well, I want to play good defense and I want to get something going with our offense, and we haven't done that part of the game the last two days. Their pitching has something to do with that. They've got unbelievable stats. Nobody's been hitting them very well, but we've got to do a better job of attacking."

Utah and Oregon State play the final game of their three-game series on Sunday, March 16, at 1:00 p.m. MT.

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