Konnor Armijo went 2-for-3 in game three against USC.
April 13, 2014
LOS ANGELES - The Utah baseball team fell to USC, 13-2, in game three of the series on Sunday afternoon.
USC broke open a 2-1 game with a six-run fifth inning.
Utah was led at the plate by Konnor Armijo, who went 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI and a double.
The Utes used six pitchers. Starter Tanner Banks pitched four innings, with two strikeouts, earning the loss to fall to 2-6 on the year. Josh Chapman, Bret Helton, Hunter Rodriguez, Dylan Drachler and Dustin Hughes each saw time on the mound for the Utes. Drachler struck out two.
"Today we swung the bats the best we have all year, but we didn't play defense and we didn't pitch well, so that was disappointing," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "It was good to see more life in our offense today, even though we didn't score runs."
Utah got out of a jam in the first inning after USC had back-to-back two out hits before getting a ground out. The Trojans broke through in the fourth with four hits leading to two runs. The Utes cut the lead to 2-1 in the top of the fifth. Cory Hunt reached on an error and after a stolen base, scored on Armijo's single up the middle.
The Trojans had six hits in the bottom of the fifth inning, scoring six runs to take an 8-1 lead. USC continued to increase its lead with two runs in the sixth and seventh innings and a solo run in the eighth inning, to go up 13-1.
Utah returns to Salt Lake City this weekend, facing UCLA in a three-game series beginning on Thursday, April 17, due to the Easter holiday. Thursday and Friday's games (both at 5:00 p.m. MT) will both be televised on the Pac-12 Networks. The Bruins entered the week ranked 22nd in the latest NCBWA Division I poll.