May 19, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah baseball team continued to struggle on offense as the Utes fell to 12th-ranked Stanford, 8-1, on Saturday afternoon.
Brett Mooneyham pitched 8 1/3 innings for Stanford, allowing one run on four hits with 10 strikeouts. Dean McArdle closed out the game on the mound, throwing the final 2/3 of an inning.
Joe Pond pitched four innings for the Utes, allowing six runs (four earned) on eight hits with three strikeouts. Kesley Kondo threw 4 1/3 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits with three strikeouts. Nick Green threw 2/3 of the ninth inning.
Utah (14-37, 7-22 Pac-12) had five hits on the afternoon. The Utes had three errors leading to three unearned runs for the Cardinal.
Stanford (35-14, 16-10 Pac-12) scored unearned runs in both the first and second innings to take a 2-0 lead, taking advantage of a pair of Utah errors. The Cardinal pulled ahead to a 4-0 lead with a two-run fourth, with Eric Smith and Dominic Jose each hitting singles in the inning before Smith scored on a wild pitch and Jose came home on a sacrifice fly.
Stanford took a 6-0 lead on a two-run home run off the bat of Brian Ragira in the fifth inning.
The Cardinal added two runs in the top of the ninth inning after a two-RBI single off the bat of Alex Blandino.
Utah and Stanford play game three of the series on Sunday, May 20, at 12:30 p.m.