Brock Duke pitched 7 1/3 innings for the Utes.
May 4, 2012
TEMPE, Ariz. - With a three-run sixth inning by Arizona State, the Utah baseball team fell 5-3 to the Sun Devils on Friday evening to open a three-game series.
Shaun Cooper led the Utes at the plate with two hits.
"Brock Duke pitched really well tonight," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "He made two mistakes with two home runs, but overall he pitched really well. I thought we swung the bats ok tonight, but we just didn't do enough."
Each team scored two runs in the second inning. Utah had hits from Cooper, Trey Nielsen and Ethan Leiter to score a pair of runs, while Max Rossiter hit a two-run homer for ASU in the bottom of the inning.
The Sun Devils left two runners on base in the fifth inning before taking a 5-3 lead with a three-run sixth inning. ASU made a two-out rally with a pair of doubles, plus a two-run home run off the bat of Michael Benjamin.
Arizona State was led by three hits each from Rossiter and Benjamin. Brady Rodgers threw eight innings on the mound, allowing five runs on three hits with nine strikeouts.
The Utes and ASU play game two of the series at 6:30 p.m. MST.