AJ Young went 2-for-3 at the plate for the Utes.
March 17, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah baseball team could not hold an early lead in a 6-4 loss to California on Sunday evening to close out the three-game series.
Utah held a 4-0 lead after scoring two runs in the first and second innings. California scored three runs in the third before tying the game at 4-4 with a run in the sixth and taking the lead with a run in the seventh.
The Utes used four pitchers. Starter Dalton Carroll went 5 1/3 innings allowing four runs on five hits with four strikeouts and a walk. Josh Chapman allowed one run on two hits over 1 1/3 innings, striking out two. He earned the loss to fall to 1-1 on the year. Nick Green surrendered one run on two hits with a strikeout pitching 1 2/3 innings, while Trey Nielsen pitched part of the ninth inning.
Utah stranded eight runners on base during the game, and had two errors.
"We swung the bats better overall these three games than we probably have all year," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "The one thing that we didn't do that we've been doing is executing the little things, and we did none of that this weekend. We've got to shore up on that and get better at that."
Three hits in the first inning led to two runs for the Utes, after Anderson and Dallas Carroll each singled, Anderson scored on a wild pitch while Carroll crossed the plate on an RBI double from Nielsen. In the second inning, Utah had three extra base hits - a triple from Cody Scaggari, and RBI doubles off the bats of Anderson and Kody Davis.
California scored three runs on four hits in the third inning, including a two-RBI single from Jacob Wark. Utah had a solid opportunity in the bottom of the third with a pair of one-out base hits from TJ Bennett and Young, but both were stranded on base.
The Golden Bears tied the game at 4-4 in the sixth after a wild pitch on a strikeout led to a batter reaching base, setting up a score after Chris Paul tripled to right center. The Utes again put two on base in the bottom of the sixth, but were unsuccessful on a squeeze play.
Cal took the lead for good in the seventh after a double from Devin Pearson led to an RBI single off the bat of Devon Rodriguez. The Golden Bears added an insurance run after three hits in the top of the ninth.
Utah continues at home for a non-conference game against Utah Valley on Tuesday, March 19, at 6:00 p.m. MT.