Dalton Carroll pitched six shutout innings in the loss.
April 27, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - A three-run first inning for Arizona State led to a 5-1 defeat for the Utah baseball team on Saturday afternoon.
Arizona State came out swinging, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning. The Sun Devils had four hits in the inning, including three doubles.
Utah got on the board in the bottom of the second inning. Wyler Smith beat out a pop-up bunt to lead off the inning, and after moving over on a bunt and a ground out, Konnor Armijo hit an RBI single to send across the Utes first run of the game.
Utah would struggle all day with runners stranded on base. Trey Nieslen hit a two-out triple in the first and was left on third. Utah left two on base in the second and Tyler Relf was stranded on third in the fifth inning. TJ Bennett was picked off at third in the sixth.
James McDonald gave ASU a 4-1 lead with a home run to lead off the eighth inning. The Sun Devils added a run in the ninth after a pair of singles for a 5-1 lead before the Utes got out of the inning with a double play.
Ute starter Dalton Carroll pitched seven innings and earned the loss to fall to 3-5 on the year. After struggling in the first inning, Carroll allowed just four hits and kept ASU off the scoreboard the remaining six innings. Josh Chapman pitched the eighth inning while Nick Green and Bret Helton threw in the ninth.
Utah was led at the plate by Armijo, who went 2-for-4 on the day.
Utah and Arizona State close out the three-game series on Sunday, April 28, at 1:00 p.m. MT.