Joe Pond pitched a solid 5 1/3 innings of relief for the Utes
April 20, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - Utah baseball made things interesting in the late innings, but was defeated this afternoon by USC at Spring Mobile Ballpark, 7-4. With the loss, the Utes fall to 16-18, 5-12 in the Pac-12, while the Trojans improved to 15-23, 7-10.
USC took the first lead of the game on a RBI single by Blake Lacey but eventually left the bases loaded. The same situation presented itself to the Utes in the bottom half of the inning as a walk to AJ Young tied the score before a groundout ended the threat.
When play resumed after a 50-minute rain delay in the top of the second, the Trojans tacked on two runs courtesy of a sacrifice bunt and base-hit to left field for a 3-1 lead.
USC plated three more in the third on a RBI groundout, RBI single, and throwing error to take control of the contest, 6-1.
Trailing 7-1 entering the ninth, Utah’s bats came to life off USC reliever Brooks Kriske. Centerfielder Braden Anderson came through with a two-out, two-run single before the Trojans made another pitching change. Kody Davis then lashed a run-scoring double down the left-field line to give the Utes a pulse at 7-4.
Dalton Carroll earned the start and allowed four earned runs over 3 2/23 innings of work. His record dropped to 3-4 on the season with the loss. Right-handed reliever Joe Pond allowed one earned run over the final 5 1/3, striking out four batters.
USC’s Wyatt Strahan allowed one run over eight innings of work to record the win and exited before the Utes knocked around Kriske in the ninth.
The Utes and Trojans will play the rubber match of their three game series tomorrow at noon. Utah is looking for consecutive series wins at home for the first time since joining the Pac-12.