April 21, 2012
BERKELEY, Calif. - The Utah baseball team struggled on offense in a 9-0 loss to California on Saturday afternoon.
The Utes had just five hits in the contest.
Starter Brock Duke threw 5 2/3 innings for the Utes, allowing seven runs (just three earned) on eight hits. He picked up the loss to fall to 2-2 on the year. Josh Chapman pitched the final 2 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits.
Cal got on the board in the second inning with two runs, as Chadd Krist hit a home run over the left field fence to put one run on the board before an RBI single from Chris Paul sent another run across the plate.
The Utes had their best chance to put something together in the third inning, after Josh Alexander led off the inning with a double and Cory Hunt singled with one out, but Cal pitcher Matt Flemer forced a ground out and got a strikeout to end the threat.
The game got out of hand in the late innings, which included a four-run sixth inning after Cal took advantage of an error on what would have been the third out of the inning. The Bears scored solo runs in the fifth, seventh and eighth innings.
The Bears were led at the plate by Paul and Mitch Delfino, with three hits each. Flemer pitched eight innings, striking out eight. He raises his record to 6-2 on the season.
Utah and Cal play game three of the series on Sunday, April 22, at 1:00 p.m. PT.