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Utah Baseball Struggles on Offense in 8-0 Loss to #4 Oregon State

Josh Chapman was strong on the mound in nearly three innings in relief.

Josh Chapman was strong on the mound in nearly three innings in relief.

March 16, 2014

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SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah baseball team closed out its three-game series against fourth-ranked Oregon State with an 8-0 loss to the Beavers.

Utah got just three hits off Oregon State's Jace Fry, who pitched a no-hitter against Northern Illinois last weekend. Braden Anderson had two of Utah's three hits, including a double, while Kody Davis also had a hit. Fry also did not allow a walk.

Tanner Banks got the start on the mound for the Utes, surrendering six runs on six hits. He falls to 1-4 with the loss. Banks also had one strikeout. Josh Chapman was strong over 2 2/3 innings, allowing two hits and one walk with a strikeout. Nick Green pitched two innings, allowing one hit with one walk. Luke West pitched the ninth inning for the Utes.

"That's a quality team," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said about Oregon State. "We didn't have much to counter with their pitching. Early in the game we continued to be behind in the count and they took advantage of that. I attribute a lot of that to how good the other team was this weekend. But on the flip side, we didn't handle it very well. I'm disappointed in that part of it, that we were inept at the plate. Their pitchers were outstanding, but three hits today and, and two runs over three ball games, is not a good effort offensively. To score two runs and get swept at home is hard to take.

"Utah Valley on Tuesday will be a good barometer for us. I talked about that in our postgame meeting. We have to flush this weekend and get a good taste in our mouth. We're on the road the next two weekends against ranked teams again, so Tuesday is really important for us."

Oregon State took an early 3-0 lead in the first inning. After a leadoff walk, the Beavers had back-to-back hits to score a pair of runs, while another run scored on a ground out. OSU added a run in the second off a pair of hits and took a 6-0 lead with two runs in the fourth after the leadoff hitters walked and singled.

Anderson had Utah's first hit of the game with a two-out double down the left field line. He also hit a one-out single in the sixth, while Davis singled in the ninth.

OSU added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the ninth inning, taking advantage of a pair of walks and two hits to add to the final score.

Utah will look to rebound on Tuesday against Utah Valley. The Utes take on the Wolverines at 6:00 p.m. MT at Smith's Ballpark.

 

 

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