May 4, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Despite an eighth-inning rally, the Utah baseball team fell to UCLA, 5-4 on Saturday afternoon.
UCLA led 5-2 entering the eighth inning. Cory Hunt led off the inning when he was hit by the pitch, and after advancing to second on a ground out he scored on TJ Bennett's single to left field. Tyler Relf also reached base when he was hit by a pitch. An error on a ground out led to another run, cutting the lead to 5-4, before the Bruins got the final two outs to get out of the inning.
The Utes were unable to keep the momentum going into the ninth inning after shutting down UCLA in the bottom of the eighth.
Bennett led Utah at the plate with a 2-for-3 performance, driving in two runs and drawing a walk.
Dalton Carroll pitched six innings as Utah's starter, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits. He falls to 3-6 with the loss. Luke West pitched part of an inning, while Nick Green threw 1 1/3 innings and struck out two while allowing no hits.
Each team scored one run in each of the first two innings. Trey Nielsen singled to right center and advanced to second after some heads-up base-running after UCLA threw to the wrong base. Nielsen advanced to third on a wild pitch before scoring on Bennett's RBI single in the first and UCLA countered in the bottom of the inning with a run on back-to-back hits. Singles from Wyler Smith and Konnor Armijo led to a run in the second when Cody Scaggari grounded out, and UCLA scored after a leadoff hit batter and RBI single.
Utah and UCLA play game three of the series on Sunday, May 5, at 1:00 p.m. PT.