May 25, 2012
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Despite a late rally that saw Utah tie the game at 2-2 in the top of the ninth inning, the Utes baseball team fell to UC Santa Barbara, 3-2, after the Gauchos scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth.
Utah was down 2-1 going into the ninth inning, but loaded the bases after Gavin Green was hit by a pitch, followed by walks to Tyler Relf and Parker Morin. Shaun Cooper was hit to send in the game-tying run before Trey Nielsen struck out to end the inning.
In the bottom of the ninth, UCSB loaded the bases with one out with the help of two walks and an error. Although Bryce Tafelski was thrown out at home to get the second out of the inning, Brandon Trinkwon hit an RBI single to drive in the game-winning run.
Utah struggled at the plate, recording just two hits, but took advantage of eight walks. Jo Jo Sharrar and Tyson Gonzalez had the hits for the Utes. UCSB's Andrew Vasquez pitched 6 1/3 innings on the mound, striking out nine and allowing one unearned run on two hits.
Ute starter Brock Duke pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on nine hits and striking out four. Kesley Kondo earned the loss after throwing two innings, allowing one run and just one hit with two strikeouts. Tyler Wagner also pitched in the ninth inning.
UC Santa Barbara took a 2-0 lead in the third inning, scoring two runs on four hits. Lance Roenicke had an RBI single and scored when Trinkwon got caught stealing.
Utah gets a rematch with UCSB tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. PT, followed by a game against Cal State Bakersfield at 7:00 p.m. PT.