Josh Chapman threw 3 1/3 innings in relief, allowing just one hit.
May 24, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah baseball team broke up a no-hitter in the eighth inning as the Utes fell to seventh-ranked Oregon, 6-2 on Friday evening to open a three-game series.
The Utes struggled with Oregon starter Tommy Thorpe, who did not allow a hit through seven innings of work. He threw 96 pitches and struck out five with five walks.
Utah got to the Ducks bullpen in the eighth inning. Konnor Armijo was issued a one-out walk and pinch-hitter Connor Eppard broke up the no-hitter and shutout with a double over the center fielder's head to drive in Armijo and give the Utes their first run of the game. Cody Scaggari followed with a single to score Eppard and cut Oregon's lead to 6-2.
Oregon scored solo runs in the second, third and fourth innings and took control of the game with a three-run sixth inning. The Ducks had 12 hits on the night and scored two unearned runs with the help of six errors on the night.
Utah starter Mitch Watrous pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing six runs (four earned) on 11 hits with five strikeouts. Josh Chapman pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit with three strikeouts.
Game two of the three-game series is on Saturday, May 25, at 4:00 p.m.