Jordan Whatcott went 2.2 innings in his third loss of the season.
May 29, 2009
FULLERTON, Calif. - The Utah baseball team opened its NCAA Regional with an 18-2 loss to host Cal State Fullerton on Friday evening.
The Utes (26-30) play their second game of the double elimination tournament on Saturday, May 30, against Georgia Southern at 2:00 p.m. (PT).
Fullerton jumped on Utah early, scoring a run in the first inning, four runs in the second and three runs in the third to take an 8-0 lead. Jared Clark had a team-high four hits for the Titans in the game.
The Utes struggled to take advantage of scoring opportunities in the early innings, leaving runners on base in the first four innings while failing to push a run across the plate.
Nick Kuroczko's two-run home run in the fifth inning provided the only scoring for Utah against the Titans. Tyler Yagi hit a two-out infield hit, a high, bouncing ball that he beat out, to reach base before Kuroczko's sixth home run of the season.
Utah also had problems defensively, recording five errors.
Jordan Whatcott earned the start on the mound, pitching 2.2 innings and allowing seven earned runs. Andrew Wilding entered in relief, pitching 4.1 innings with five earned runs and five strikeouts. Bennett Askew pitched the ninth inning.
Fullerton pitcher Noe Ramirez struck out eight over seven innings, giving up two runs.