Cody Scaggari hit Utah's second home run of the year in the third inning.
April 18, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY - Behind a season-high 16 hits, the Utah baseball team earned a come-from-behind victory over defending national champions UCLA, 8-6 on Friday evening.
Utah was down 5-1 before taking the lead with a seven-run fifth inning.
Utah was led at the plate by Cody Scaggari and Hunter Simmons, who both went 3-for-4 for the Utes. Scaggari hit Utah's second home run of the season in the third inning. Max Schuman and Braden Anderson each drove in two runs, while Kody Davis, Schuman, TJ Bennett and Konnor Armijo each had a pair of hits.
Mitch Watrous surrendered five runs on seven hits with four strikeouts. He earned the win to raise his record to 2-4 on the season. Tanner Banks entered in the top of the sixth with the lead, throwing three shutout innings, striking out three and allowing just three hits. Nick Green allowed one unearned run in the ninth inning, picking up his sixth save of the year.
"The fifth inning was nice to see," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "That's been coming a long time. Our guys squared some balls up and put at bats together. Maybe the key to the whole thing was Tanner Banks putting up three zeros in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings and keeping them back. A good overall effort. It was great to see is come back to get the win."
Down 5-1, Utah wasted no time taking control in the bottom of the fifth inning, scoring seven runs on eight hits to go up 8-6. The Utes scored all seven runs before UCLA was able to get an out in the inning. Schuman and Wyler Smith each had RBI triples, while Anderson had a two-RBI single in the inning.
Banks entered in the top of the sixth, and although UCLA had a pair of one-out hits, both runners were stranded on base after a strikeout and a ground out. The Bruins made a late rally in the ninth inning, with a leadoff single. The runner advanced to third after a wild pitch and passed ball and scored on a ground out.
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