Dalton Carroll allowed three runs on seven hits in game two.
May 25, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah baseball team dropped a pair of games to Stanford in a doubleheader to close out the 2014 season, 9-7 and 3-2.
In game one, Utah led 5-4 after six innings before Stanford broke the game open with a four-run seventh inning. Although Utah cut the lead to 8-7 with two runs in the bottom of the seventh, the Cardinal added an insurance run in the top of the ninth with a solo home run.
Zach Adams pitched six innings in game one, allowing four runs on six hits. Tanner Banks pitched two innings and earned the loss, surrendering four unearned runs on two hits, while Nick Green pitched the ninth inning. Kody Davis went 3-for-4 at the plate while TJ Bennett was 2-for-4 with four RBI. Hunter Simmons and Biss Larsen each had two hits.
Utah took a 1-0 lead in game two in the third inning before Stanford scored three runs in the top of the fourth for a 3-1 lead. The Utes cut the lead to 3-2 in the eighth inning, but left nine runners on base throughout the game in the loss, including two in the bottom of the ninth.
Dalton Carroll went seven innings on the mound in game two, allowing three runs on seven hits with three strikeouts. Bret Helton pitched two innings, allowing one hit. Konnor Armijo and Wyler Smith each had two hits.
"Biss Larsen was a standout for me this weekend, he swung it very well. Dalton Carroll was outstanding, other than the fourth inning where he got some balls up. But he was really good today. We just didn't string it together."
Utah ends its season 16-36 and 4-26 in the Pac-12. The loss ends the Utah careers of Adams, Armijo, Banks, Bennett, Green, Cory Hunt, Tyler Yagi, Ben Mordini, Braden Anderson, Josh Chapman and Luke West.
"It's a bittersweet day," Kinneberg said. "It's been a hard year. You're sad for the seniors that their careers are done, then you start to look for next year and the improvements you can make."
Utah got on the board in the bottom of the first with Davis hitting a leadoff single through the right side. He advanced to second on a wild pitch and would score after two-straight ground outs.
Stanford took a 3-1 lead in the third inning after a walk plus three-straight singles and a sacrifice fly led to three runs. Utah came back in the bottom of the third to tie the game at 3-3. Simmons and Larsen singled to lead off the inning and moved over on a sacrifice bunt. Simmons scored on a ground out before an RBI single off the bat of Bennett.
The Cardinal took a 4-3 lead in the fifth inning after a one-out double to the gap in the right field corner and stolen base led to a sacrifice fly. After a one-out hit in the bottom of the fifth, Utah stranded Davis on third with one out after Stanford got two strikeouts to get out of the inning. Stanford put two on in the top of the sixth before a double play got Utah out of the jam.
Utah pulled ahead, 5-4 in the bottom of the sixth. Armijo led off the inning with a single through the left side and Josh Rose walked, a sacrifice bunt moved both runners over and Hunt hit into an RBI ground out while Simmons drove in the go-ahead run with an RBI single.
In the seventh, Stanford scored four unearned runs after an error on a ground out with two on, taking an 8-5 lead. The inning included an inside the park home run after the ball bounced high off the outfield wall and took a sideways carom.
The Utes rallied in the bottom of the seventh after Larsen reached on an error and Davis doubled to left center. Bennett sent both runners home with a two-RBI single, cutting Utah's lead to 8-7.
The Cardinal capped the scoring with a solo home run in the top of the ninth. Although Larsen singled to lead off the bottom of the inning, Stanford got a double play and a ground out to end the game.
Utah struck first in game two, as Larsen singled up the middle with two outs. Davis walked, putting two runners on, and Smith hit a soft bloop single into left field to score Larsen.
Stanford took a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning. After a one-out single and RBI double, a two-run home run put the Cardinal up by two runs.
Utah got a double play and caught a runner stealing to get Stanford out of the sixth. The Utes came back in the bottom of the inning to put two runners on with two outs, before a strikeout ended the Utah rally. Utah left runners on base in each of the last five innings.
The Utes cut the lead to 3-2 in the eighth. Smith beat out a one-out single in the infield and Armijo hit an RBI double to left. A fly out and strikeout got Stanford out of the inning.
Stanford looked to add to its lead in the ninth, following a leadoff walk. A sacrifice bunt moved the runner over, but Utah intentionally walked the next batter to set up a double play. Helton got the fly out and Cory Hunt snared a line drive for the final out of the inning.
In the bottom of the ninth, Anderson drew a one-out walk and with two outs Davis was hit by a pitch before a strikeout ended the game.