AJ Young hit his third home run of the season against Stanford.
March 22, 2013
PALO ALTO, Calif. - Despite a late rally that saw Utah score two runs in the ninth inning, the Ute baseball team fell to Stanford, 6-4, on Friday evening to open a three-game series against the Cardinal.
Down 6-2 entering the ninth, Tyler Yagi and Connor Eppard led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Although Stanford reliever Sam Lindquist got the next two outs with a fly ball and a strikeout, Kody Davis was hit by the pitch to load the bases. Dallas Carroll came through with the big hit, a single down the left field line to score two runs and cut the lead to two.
Stanford reliever Garrett Hughes forced a strikeout to clinch the win for the Cardinal.
The Utes were led at the plate by Davis, Carroll, Yagi and AJ Young, who had two hits each.
Starter Mitch Watrous pitched five innings, allowing three runs on nine hits with six strikeouts. He falls to 1-1 on the year with the loss. Josh Chapman pitched 1 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits with two strikeouts, while Nick Green allowed one run over 1 1/3 innings.
Stanford All-American starter Mark Appel allowed two runs on six hits over eight innings, striking out 11.
"I thought it was a good ball game," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "I felt like we had some great two-strike at bats, and we got some key hits facing one of the premier pitchers in the country. We had chances to score, so that was encouraging for us. Hopefully we'll keep the momentum going for tomorrow."
The Utes cut the lead to 3-2 in the top of the third. Cory Hunt took advantage of a passed ball to reach base to lead off the inning and scored on an RBI double off the bat of Davis.
Both teams struggled with runners stranded on base, with each team leaving nine on the base paths. Stanford left two on in the third inning, while the Utes stranded two on base in the fourth and fifth innings.
The Cardinal increased its lead to 5-2 in the sixth inning, scoring two runs off of three hits, with a run scoring on a wild pitch. Stanford added another run in the bottom of the eighth after a triple off the bat of Austin Slater led to a run to put the score at 6-2.
Utah and Stanford play game two of the series on Saturday, March 23, at 2:00 p.m. PT.