Braden Anderson scored Utah's only run of the game against Minnesota.
March 2, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS - The Utah baseball team struggled on offense in a 4-1 loss to Minnesota at the Dairy Queen Classic.
Minnesota (6-4) had nine hits compared to three for the Utes (5-4). Dallas Carroll was 2-for-3 to lead Utah at the plate.
Although the Utes' Carroll got the first hit of the game in the third inning, Minnesota got on the board first with two runs on four hits in the bottom of the third.
A leadoff triple for the Gophers in the fifth inning was the start of a two-run inning that also saw an RBI single and a sacrifice fly, giving Minnesota a 4-0 lead.
Utah got on the board in the sixth inning, after Braden Anderson reached base with a single before scoring on two errors after a failed pickoff attempt.
Tanner Banks pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs and eight hits with three strikeouts in the loss. Josh Chapman entered in relief and pitched 1 2/3 innings, allowing just one hit with one strikeout.
Ben Meyer earned the win on the mound for Minnesota, allowing one run on three hits with five strikeouts over eight innings.
"Their pitcher did a nice job tonight," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "They got a lot of quick outs and he limited us to very few opportunities."
Utah closes out the tournament on Sunday, March 2, against Dartmouth at 11:00 a.m. CT.