Josh Chapman threw four innings on the mound for the Utes.
Feb. 24, 2012
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - A four-run fourth inning for Nebraska doomed the Utah baseball team in a 5-2 loss to the Huskers at the Kleberg College Classic in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Friday afternoon.
Down 4-0 after Nebraska had four hits and took advantage of a Utah error in the fourth inning, the Utes put their first run on the board in the sixth after Parker Morin reach base with a one-out walk, advancing to second on a walk from Trey Nielsen before scoring on Jo Jo Sharrar's RBI single.
The Huskers kept pace with the Utes, adding a run of their own in the bottom of the sixth off two hits and another Utah error to put the score at 5-2.
Utah loaded the bases with one out in the seventh but could only add one run to the board to trail 5-2. Tyson Gonzalez singled with walks from James Brooks and Ryan Cooperstone. Although Shaun Cooper hit a line drive to the outfield that was caught with a diving play and Gonzalez came in to score, Morin's infield line drive was also caught on a dive by the Nebraska first baseman.
Utah had runners on base in every inning but the ninth. Brooks led the Utes with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate, while Morin and Sharrar each had a pair of hits.
"We had a lot of the same issues we had last weekend," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "We couldn't get that key hit, or we couldn't get the key run across. In the seventh inning we had two good hits that were stopped by good defensive plays, but we didn't do enough between those things."
Zach Hirsch earned the win for Nebraska, allowing one run on seven hits over six innings. Richard Stock went 3-for-4 at the plate for the Huskers.
Utah plays two games on Saturday, beginning with UNLV at 11:00 a.m. CT before a rematch against Nebraska at 3:00 p.m. CT.