Wyler Smith scored a pair of runs this afternoon
April 19, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah baseball dropped the rubber match in its series against defending national champion UCLA this afternoon at Smith's Ballpark, 7-3.
UCLA opened the scoring in the second, receiving a sacrifice fly off the bat of Luke Persico for a 1-0 lead.
UCLA opened things up in third, scoring all their runs with two outs. Kevin Williams and Christoph Bono notched RBI singles before Justin Hazard hit a two-run double to left for a 5-1 lead.
In the sixth, Utah created an opportunity to get back in the game. Cory Hunt was plunked and Cody Scaggari crushed a double off the left field wall. After a groundout, Max Schuman lifted a sacrifice fly to center, cutting the deficit to three.
After Utah's threatening frame, UCLA responded with a two-run double by Shane Zeile to make the score, 7-2.
In the bottom of the seventh, Smith reached on an error and an Armijo grounder ate up the second baseman putting runners on the corners. Despite Hunter Simmons hitting into a double play, Utah scored another run that resulted in the final margin.
Starter Zach Adams suffered the loss after allowing five runs on 10 hits over four innings. Dylan Drachler relieved him and gave up two runs in two innings, while striking out four Bruins. Senior Josh Chapman pitched three innings of shutout baseball to close the game.
Utah is back in action on Tuesday at Utah Valley. Next weekend the Utes host Nevada for a four-game set starting Friday at noon.