Mitch Watrous struck out seven over seven innings.
April 4, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY - An eighth-inning grand slam by TJ Bennett provided the difference as Utah baseball captured its opener against Arizona this afternoon at Smith's Ballpark, 7-3. The senior first baseman finished with five RBI as the Utes improved to 10-17 (1-9 Pac-12) on the season.
With Utah down 3-2 after Arizona went ahead with a solo home run in the top of the seventh, the Utes started the bottom of the eighth inning with a double by Braden Anderson and Scaggari reached base after being plunked. A sacrifice bunt by Kody Davis moved both runners into scoring position with one out and after an intentional walk to Max Schuman, Bennett connected on the Utah's first home run of the season for a 6-3 lead. The Utes added another run on a RBI double by Konnor Armijo for the final tally.
Mitch Watrous went seven strong innings for the Utes allowing three runs on five hits while walking only one and striking out seven. Tanner Banks earned his second win of the season, pitching one shutout inning of relief before Nick Green shut things down in the ninth.
Bennett went 2-for-4, while Anderson was 2-for-3 at the plate.
Arizona took the lead in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Trent Gilbert. He plated Scott Kingery who led off the inning with a single and advanced to third on a double off the bat of Kevin Newman.
Arizona tied the game in the fifth inning. Willie Calhoun started the fifth with a double and advanced to third on groundout by Zach Gibbons. Bobby Dalbec lifted a fly ball to center that was deep enough to score Calhoun and tie the score, 2-2.
Anderson and Scaggari delivered two-out singles in the bottom of the fifth to create a scoring opportunity, but Davis flied out to right to end the threat.
Arizona went back in front in the seventh when Michael Hoard hit his first home run of the season to right-center field.
The Utes avoided further damage in the eighth after a leadoff walk and left runners stranded on the corners when reliever Banks induced a groundout.
The Utes are back in action tomorrow for game two of their series with Arizona at noon. For updates regarding weather delays, please visit Utah baseball's twitter account (@utahbaseball).