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Utah Baseball Drops Heartbreaker to 12th-Ranked Oregon, 1-0

Wyler Smith had two of Utah's three hits against Oregon.

Wyler Smith had two of Utah's three hits against Oregon.

March 21, 2014

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EUGENE, Ore. - The Utah baseball team dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker to 12th-ranked Oregon on Friday evening to open a three-game series against the Ducks, with the game-winning run scoring in the eighth inning on a wild pitch.

Utah's Mitch Watrous and Oregon's Tommy Thorpe spent most of the game locked in a pitchers duel. Watrous pitched eight innings, allowing one run on four hits with nine strikeouts. Thorpe allowed three hits over eight innings, striking out five.

The game-winning run came in the eighth inning. A one-out single followed by a stolen base and a walk put runners on first and second. After a strikeout put two outs on the board, Watrous threw a pitch that went wide and took an errant bounce toward the Utah dugout and allowed the game-winning run to score from second.

Wyler Smith had two of Utah's three hits in the game.

Utah came out swinging, with Biss Larsen hitting a long fly ball that was caught at the warning track. Smith broke up a no hitter in the fifth inning with a bunt that rolled fair down the left field line for a single.

Kody Davis led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a single, but Thorpe got a strikeout and fly out to end the inning. Oregon also stranded a runner in the seventh inning after a pair of fly outs.

 

 

Smith hit a leadoff single up the middle in the top of the eighth. An aggressive move on a fly out got him to second base, but an infield pop up and ground out left Smith stranded on base.

Jake Reed came on for Oregon in the top of the ninth and got three groundouts to close out the game for the Ducks.

Utah and Oregon play game two of the three-game series at 2:00 p.m. PT on Saturday, March 22. Live video can be found here with live stats Bhere.

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