Wyler Smith had three hits on Friday against Arizona State.
May 16, 2014
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Utah baseball team opened a three-game series against Arizona State with a 9-3 loss on Friday evening.
Arizona State broke a 2-2 tie with a six-run seventh inning. The Sun Devils took advantage of three Utah errors to score four unearned runs on the night.
Mitch Watrous pitched six innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on seven hits. He struck out two and walked three. Tanner Banks allowed three unearned runs on two hits over 1 2/3 innings with a strikeout. Watrous falls to 4-5 with the loss.
Arizona State took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning after a leadoff double led to a run on a ground out. The Utes came back in the top of the second to take a 2-1 lead. Konnor Armijo and Josh Rose both singled with one out and Larsen hit an RBI double to left center field. A leadoff home run for ASU in the bottom of the second tied the game at 2-2.
After the early runs, both pitchers settled down and put up zeros for the next four innings. Utah loaded the bases in the third with the help of walks, but the Utes weren't able to get a run across.
ASU put together six runs on four hits and took advantage of a pair of Utah errors in the seventh inning, breaking the game open for an 8-2 lead.
Utah stranded two on in the eighth inning, and ASU took advantage of another Ute error to add an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth and take a 9-2 lead.
The Utes and Sun Devils return to the diamond on Saturday, May 17, at 6:30 p.m. PT.