Tyler Relf hit both a double and triple for the Utes as part of a 2-for-4 day.
March 16, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah baseball team fell to California, 9-5, on Saturday afternoon.
Utah out-hit the Golden Bears, 12-11, but had three errors vs. one for Cal. Cal's second-inning grand slam was the difference in the game. Utah stranded nine runners on base, while the Golden Bears left eight runners on.
Joe Pond earned the loss on the mound, pitching five innings and striking out five while allowing nine hits, seven runs (three earned) and three walks. Pond falls to 2-2 on the year. Luke West pitched two innings, surrendering two runs (one earned) on two hits while Nick Green struck out three of the six batters he faced over the final two innings.
Cal scored a run in the first inning and after the grand slam in the second inning made the score 5-0, the Utes spent the remainder of the game playing catch up. Relf put the Utes on the board in the bottom of the second with an RBI triple to score AJ Young, who reached base with a single.
The Golden Bears increased their lead to 7-1 with runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Utah slowly began to cut into that lead, scoring a run in the fifth inning after Relf led off the frame with a double before an RBI single from Yagi. Two runs crossed the plate in the sixth inning after Dallas Carroll led off the inning with a triple, followed by a double off the bat of Nielsen. Utah would load the bases and score another run on an error before Cal pitcher Dylan Nelson got out of the inning with a ground out, putting the Golden Bear lead at 7-3.
Utah was unable to break through in the eighth or ninth, leaving runners on base in each inning.
Utah and Cal play game three of the series on Sunday, March 17, at 1:00 p.m. Inclement weather is in the forecast, updates will be posted on UtahUtes.com and the baseball twitter @utahbaseball.