Wyler Smith had two of Utah's three hits against Oregon.
March 21, 2014
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.
Jake Reed came on for Oregon in the top of the ninth and got three groundouts to close out the game for the Ducks.