May 18, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah baseball team had few answers for Stanford ace Mark Appel as the Utes fell to the Cardinal, 6-0 on Friday evening.
Utah had just four hits on the night.
Stanford took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning behind a two-RBI single with the bases loaded off the bat of Eric Smith.
The Cardinal continued to pull away with solo runs in the fifth, sixth, seventh and ninth innings. Jake Stewart, Danny Diekroeger and Brian Ragira each had two hits in the game for Stanford.
Utah stranded a pair of runners on base in the sixth inning, after Tyler Relf and Parker Morin had back-to-back singles with two outs before Appel got a strikeout to end the inning. A Trey Nielsen single in the ninth inning started a final rally that also saw Green reach on an error before pinch-hitter Connor Eppard hit a fly ball out to close out the game.
Appel, who pitched a complete game to earn his ninth win of the season, had 13 strikeouts.
Utah starter Brock Duke earned the loss on the mound, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits with six strikeouts. Josh Chapman pitched the final three innings, allowing two runs on five hits with two strikeouts.
The Utes and Cardinal return to the diamond on Saturday, May 19, at 4:00 p.m.