Konnor Armijo drove in two runs for the Utes against Cal.
March 29, 2014
BERKELEY, Calif. - An eighth-inning home run broke a 4-4 tie for California as the Utah baseball team fell to the Bears, 5-4 on Saturday evening.
Both teams scored four runs through the first three innings before Utah pitcher Zach Adams and Cal pitcher Kyle Porter settled down and both offenses put zeros on the board. Adams retired eight straight from the third through the fifth innings. Tanner Banks replaced Adams for Utah in the sixth inning, and allowed just one hit over 2 1/3 innings. He earned the loss and falls to 1-4 on the year. Porter struck out 11 over 8 2/3 innings for Cal.
Utah scattered five hits, with Konnor Armijo driving in two runs for the Utes.
Cal took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. After a leadoff single up the middle, an RBI double to right field went just off the end of the glove of the diving Zach Jones to put the first run of the game on the board.
Utah rallied to take a 2-1 lead in the top of the second. TJ Bennett led off the inning with a single up the middle and he scored as Jones (who was making his first career start) hit an RBI double that just got past the glove of the left fielder. Cody Scaggari hit an RBI single into the gap in right center field to score Jones.
The Utes increased their lead to 4-1 with two runs in the top of the third. Cory Hunt drew a leadoff walk and Max Schuman put two on with a single through the right side. After a sacrifice bunt moved both runners over, Armijo sent two runs across the plate with a single into short left center field.
Utah and Cal play game three of the series on Sunday, March 30, at noon PT. The game will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks.