Parker Morin's two-run home run lifted Utah to the win over Oregon.
March 25, 2012
EUGENE, Ore. - Parker Morin's two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning gave the Utah baseball team a late lead en route to a 4-3 victory over Oregon on Sunday afternoon.
Down 3-2 entering the ninth and with Connor Eppard on base after a leadoff walk, Morin hit one over the right field fence to give Utah a 4-3 lead. Oregon outfielder Aaron Jones moved backwards on the ball and attempted a leaping catch at the fence, which he briefly had but in the rainy conditions the wet ball fell out of his glove and over the fence for a home run to give the Utes the lead.
In the bottom of the ninth, Brett Hambright hit a one-out triple to deep center field for Oregon, but after Daniel Pardini was hit by the pitch it set up a double play for when J. J. Altobelli grounded out, giving the Utes the victory.
Mitch Watrous earns his first collegiate win after pitching the final two innings. He allowed one hit and struck out three.
Utah (7-15, 3-3 Pac-12) was led at the plate by Morin and James Brooks, each who had two hits. Morin drove in two runs.
"That was a really great comeback win for us," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "We gutted it out, and Parker had the big hit, then we got the double play to end the game. It was a special win for us."
The Utes left two on base in the first inning, but it was the Ducks (15-6, 3-3 Pac-12) that were able to get on the board in the bottom of the inning after an RBI single from Jones. Oregon increased its lead in the fourth inning with two runs. Ryon Healy hit an RBI double while Kyle Garlick added an RBI single in the inning.
The Utes had a chance to score in the eighth inning, loading the bases with one out after Relf and Tyson Gonzalez walked while Jo Jo Sharrar was hit by the pitch. An Oregon pitching change brought the next two outs to get the Ducks out of the inning before Morin's ninth-inning heroics.
Utah returns home on Tuesday to face in-state rival BYU on Tuesday, March 27, at 6:00 p.m. MT.