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Ute Baseball Falls to Washington in Series Opener, 9-1

Nick Green struck out four of the seven batters he faced for Utah.

Nick Green struck out four of the seven batters he faced for Utah.

April 27, 2012

Box Score

SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah baseball team opened a three-game series against Washington with a 9-1 loss on Friday afternoon.

Utah was led at the plate by two hits each from James Brooks and Shaun Cooper.

Ute starter Brock Duke pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs on seven hits with five strikeouts. He earned the loss to fall to 2-3 on the year. Tony Vocca allowed two runs on two hits after throwing part of an inning while Nick Green was solid over the final 2 1/3 innings, striking out four of the seven batters he faced.

The Utes nearly pushed a run across in the first inning, after Brooks got on with a double after the right fielder slipped trying to make the catch. He moved to third on a fly ball and had a chance to head home on a wild pitch, but the catcher corralled the ball quickly to keep Brooks at third. Washington pitcher Aaron West got Cooper to fly out to end the inning.

Washington got on the board with a two-run home run in the second inning off the bat of Chase Anselment. The Huskies added two runs in the third to go up 4-0 by taking advantage of a pair of overthrow errors by Utah with two outs.

Branden Berry scored on a wild pitch in the sixth inning for Washington after leading off the inning with a single. The game got out of hand in the seventh inning, with the Huskies scoring four runs, highlighted by a solo home run from Jacob Lamb before a three-RBI triple off the bat of Robert Pehl.

The Utes avoided the shutout with a run in the ninth inning. Parker Morin singled to lead off the inning followed by a walk to Cooper. Gavin Green's RBI single scored pinch-runner Tyson Gonzalez.



West earned the win on the mound for Washington, throwing seven scoreless innings and allowing just four hits.

Utah and Washington play game two of the series on Saturday, April 28, at noon.

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