James Brooks' two-run home run in the seventh inning tied the game at 5-5.
April 6, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah baseball team upset fourth-ranked Arizona, 7-6, on Friday evening.
With the Utes trailing 6-5 headed into the bottom of the eighth inning, a bizarre play saw Biss Larsen reach base following a strikeout, and Gavin Green come around to score the tying run after a pair of errors. Tyler Relf would send in the game-winning run with an RBI double.
Tyler Wagner entered the game on the mound in the top of the ninth, and although he allowed one hit and one walk, he finished off Seth Mejias-Brean with a ground out to end the game and give the Utes the victory, snapping a seven-game slide. Wagner picked up his first save of the season.
Brock Duke pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits with three strikeouts. Mitch Watrous, who earned the win (his second of the season) after pitching 2 1/3 innings, allowed one run on three hits with a strikeout.
"What I'm most proud of is that we got roughed up pretty good yesterday and came back and fought today," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "That's what we're going to have to do to win ball games. We're going to have to fight tooth and nail. I'm proud of our guys for coming back after last night and Tuesday night and fighting."
Arizona tied the game at 2-2 with a run in the fifth before taking a 5-2 lead in the sixth inning, scoring three runs on four hits. The key hit was a two-RBI double with two outs from Bobby Brown.
The Utes added three runs in the bottom of the seventh, tying the game at 5-5. Relf's RBI ground out after Green walked to lead off the inning sent in the first run of the inning before Brooks cleared the bases with a two-run home run, his team-leading sixth homer of the season.
The Wildcats broke the 5-5 tie in the top of the eighth to take a 6-5 lead. Brown hit a one-out single to left field and scored on Riley Moore's two-out single into center field before the Utes rallied in the bottom of the inning with what would be the game-winning run.
Travis Still made his first career start in center field, while Larsen made his first start since Feb. 25 in returning from an injury. He appeared in last night's game as a pinch hitter.
Utah and Arizona play game three on Saturday, April 7, beginning at noon.