Wyler Smith had two hits at the plate for the Utes.
April 17, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah baseball team dropped a heartbreaker to UCLA on Thursday evening, opening the series with a 3-1 loss to the Bruins.
UCLA broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the ninth inning with a two-run home run to defeat the Utes.
Utah's Dalton Carroll and UCLA ace James Kaprielian spent most of the game locked in a pitchers duel. Carroll didn't allow a UCLA hit until the sixth inning, and had a career-high nine strikeouts in a no-decision. He walked just one, going 7 1/3 innings, allowing one unearned run on three hits.
Utah put two runners on in the first inning after a hit and an error, but UCLA got out of the inning with a double play. The Utes would leave two on in the fifth inning after a pair of two-out hits from Scaggari and Kody Davis.
UCLA scored its first run of the game in the eighth inning. After a one-out single up the middle, two errors would lead to a sacrifice fly, tying the game at 1-1.
Utah left two runners on in the bottom of the eighth, after Smith led off the inning with a bunt single and Cory Hunt was hit by a pitch. Despite a sacrifice bunt to move the runners into scoring position, UCLA got out of the inning with a pair of strikeouts.
Scaggari led off the top of the ninth with a single that bounced over the third baseman's head, but UCLA again picked up a pair of strikeouts to end the game.
Nick Green earned the loss on the mound, falling to 1-3 after pitching 1 2/3 innings with a strikeout, allowing two runs on two hits.
The Utes and Bruins play game two on Friday, April 18, at 5:00 p.m. MT. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.