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Utah Baseball Drops Heartbreaker to UCLA, 3-1

Wyler Smith had two hits at the plate for the Utes.

Wyler Smith had two hits at the plate for the Utes.

April 17, 2014

Box Score

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 was led at the plate by Wyler Smith and Cody Scaggari, who each went 2-for-4. Scaggari also drew a walk in the game.

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.

The Utes broke the scoreless tie in the seventh inning. Josh Rose doubled to right field to lead off the inning. Scaggari and Davis both walked, leading to an RBI ground out from Max Schuman.

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.



In the top of the ninth, a one-out double would lead to a two-out, two-run home run to give the Bruins the lead.

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.

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