Erich Kemp and the Utes dropped a 6-4 decision to Santa Clara Monday.
Feb. 20, 2007
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - A surge of runs over the middle innings proved to be the difference as the University of Utah baseball team dropped a 6-4 decision to Santa Clara Monday at Schott Stadium.
SCU got on the board right away, taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Santa Clara starter Donald Brandt cruised through the first four innings. But Utah got to him in the fifth. Consecutive base hits and a walk loaded the bases and ended Brandt's day. Chris Stansbury then walked Nate Burnham to force in Utah's first run. Nick Lowery's sacrifice fly in the next at-bat evened things up at 2-2.
The two teams then traded runs. A sacrifice fly in the fifth gave SCU a 3-2 lead. That was followed by Utah tying things up on an SCU error in the outfield, allowing Jesse Shriner to advance to second and then be driven in by Kemp's RBI single.
Santa Clara went ahead for good in the bottom of the sixth, as Juan Parra drove Brady Fuerst in with a single to left. The Broncos would tack on two more runs in the seventh as Conan's double plated Alcantar, followed by Klein's RBI single which scored Conan with SCU's sixth run.
Utah put its fourth run on the board in the top of the ninth, but could get no closer. Burnham doubled down the left-field line and advanced to third on an error by the left fielder. Burnham then scored on a Lowery infield hit to account for the final tally of 6-4.
Utah will be back in action again this weekend, when the Utes travel to UC Irvine for a three-game series, beginning Friday.