Shaun Cooper had two hits to lead Utah against Washington on Sunday.
April 29, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Despite mounting a ninth-inning comeback, the Utah baseball team dropped game three against Washington, 7-6 on Sunday afternoon.
Going into the ninth inning down 7-4, Trey Nielsen started the rally when he was hit by the pitch to lead off the inning. Pinch hitter Connor Eppard walked and pinch hitter Jo Jo Sharrar singled to left center to load the bases. After Cory Hunt struck out, James Brooks stepped to the plate and hit a single through the left side to score Nielsen and Eppard, cutting the Washington lead to 7-6.
Husky reliever Joshua Fredendall struck out Tyler Relf to end the game.
Two Utah errors led to six unearned runs for Washington during the game.
Utah (12-30, 6-15 Pac-12) was led at the plate by Shaun Cooper who was 2-for-4. Eight different players had hits, with Brooks driving in a team-best two runs.
The Utes threw four pitchers, with starter Mitch Watrous earning the loss after throwing five innings, allowing five runs (just one earned) on five hits with two strikeouts. Josh Chapman pitched 2 1/3 innings and allowed two runs on two hits, while Tyler Wagner and Nick Green also pitched briefly.
Utah started the game off strong with two hits in the first inning, but both runners were left stranded on base. Washington (23-18, 8-10 Pac-12) got on the board with a four-run third which included the Huskies taking advantage of an error to score a run and Chase Anselment hitting a two-RBI single to left field.
The Utes got two runs back in the bottom of the third. Hunt doubled to left field to lead off the inning and would score on Relf's ground out, while Cooper hit an RBI single to left field to put the score at 4-2.
Washington added a run in the top of the fifth after Joe Meggs led off the inning with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly. Utah pulled within a run with a two-run sixth inning. Trey Nielsen hit an RBI single after Relf led off the inning with a single, while Gavin Green sent Nielsen home with a single up the middle to cut Washington's lead to 5-4.
Washington added two runs in the eighth inning with the help of a throwing error on a double steal before the Utes mounted their ninth-inning comeback.
Husky reliever Austin Voth earned the win after entering in the fourth inning in relief. Fredendall picked up the save.
Utah does not have a midweek game this week, kicking off the month of May at Arizona State with a three-game series beginning on Friday, May 4, at 6:30 p.m. MT.