Brock Duke threw seven solid innings for the Utes against Washington State.
April 14, 2012
PULLMAN, Wash. - Despite dropping a late lead, the Utah baseball team rallied for a 4-3 victory in extra innings over Washington State on Saturday evening, 4-3.
James Brooks hit the game-winning home run to lead off the 10th inning as part of a solid day that saw the senior shortstop go 3-for-5 with three RBI. He also hit a two-RBI double in the seventh inning that gave Utah a 3-2 lead.
Utah starter Brock Duke pitched seven solid innings, allowing two runs on three hits with six strikeouts. Tyler Wagner entered in the eighth inning, allowing one run on two hits. Wagner picked up the win to go to 2-5 on the year.
Also strong at the plate for the Utes was Tyler Relf, who went 2-for-4 on the day.
The Utes came out swinging with leadoff hitter Relf and Brooks leading off the game with back-to-back singles, but Utah would leave the bases loaded in the inning. Utah got on the board in the second inning with Travis Still making his first career hit count, a home run to right field to put Utah up 1-0.
WSU took a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning on a two-run home run from Taylor Ard.
The Utes re-took the lead in the seventh, 3-2, on Brooks' double. Josh Alexander led off the inning with a walk before Relf hit a bunt single to set up Brooks.
Wagner entered in the eighth inning and struggled in the ninth, allowing back-to-back leadoff singles to start the inning before Tommy Richards tied the game at 3-3 by scoring on a wild pitch. The Utes intentionally walked two batters in the inning and eventually got a double-play to get out of the inning. Wagner came back strong in the bottom of the ninth to close out the game.