Parker Morin drove in two runs for Utah against USC in Sunday's game.
March 18, 2012
LOS ANGELES - USC broke a late tie as the Trojans defeated the Utah baseball team, 10-5, on Sunday afternoon to close out the three-game series.
USC scored two runs in both the second and third innings to take a 4-0 lead. James Roberts had a two-RBI single in the second inning, while the Trojans had five hits in the third inning. Reliever Josh Chapman was able to get USC to leave the bases loaded in the third to get out of the inning.
The Utes made a rally of their own in the top of the fourth to tie the game at 4-4. Utah had four hits in the inning, including a two-RBI triple from Trey Nielsen. Parker Morin, and Jo Jo Sharrar had RBI singles, while Ryan Cooperstone also had a single early in the inning.
USC again loaded the bases in the bottom of the fourth, but was only able to come away with one run after a Utah double play. The Utes quickly came back in the top of the fifth with a run to re-tie the game at 5-5 after Tyson Gonzalez led off the inning with a double. He would score on a ground out by Cooperstone.
The Trojans stranded two on base in the bottom of the fifth and despite two hits in the top of the sixth inning the Utes failed to push a run across after a USC double play. USC broke the tie in the bottom of the sixth with two runs on four hits (all singles), including one walk before the Utes were able to get out of the inning with a double play. The Trojans continued to pull away with three runs in the seventh inning, led by a two-run home run from Matt Foat, taking a 10-5 lead.
On the mound, Tanner Tripp threw two innings, allowing four runs on five hits with a strikeout. He picked up the loss to fall to 0-2 on the year. Chapman threw three innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, while Tony Vocca allowed three runs in his 1 2/3 innings. Mitch Watrous and Nick Green also pitched for the Utes.
"We didn't pitch very well today," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "We gave them too many opportunities, and they capitalized. We hung in there and it was a good ball game till the sixth when they broke it open. We kept battling back but we weren't able to make a big play after they pulled ahead."
Utah plays its first home game of the year on Wednesday, March 21, against Sacramento State. First pitch is at 6:00 p.m. MT.