Chase Rezac had four strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings.
April 7, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah baseball team struggled on offense in a 5-0 loss as it closed out a three-game series against Washington State on Sunday evening.
Washington State scored its five runs over four different innings. The Cougars had 10 hits compared to five for the Utes. Tyler Relf led Utah at the plate with a 2-for-3 performance, hitting two doubles, and also drew Utah's only walk of the game. Utah stranded seven runners on base.
Joe Pond earned the loss on the mound for the Utes, pitching 4 1/3 innings allowing four runs on seven hits with three strikeouts. Chase Rezac pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowing one unearned run and three hits, striking out four.
Washington State pitcher Scott Simon threw a complete game, striking out seven.
"I told the guys that I was proud of the weekend and that we won the series, but I was not proud of how we played tonight," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "Washington State played great and pitched great, and maybe that was part of it, but we've got to learn when we have a chance for a sweep in this league that's huge, and we have to learn how to do that."
Washington State got on the board in the top of the third, taking advantage of a walk and a hit by pitch to put two on base, sending a run across on an RBI ground out. The Cougars took a 3-0 lead in the top of the fourth after stringing together three-straight hits in the inning. An RBI double in the top of the fifth inning put WSU up 4-0 in the fifth inning.
The Utes stranded two runners on in the second inning after a walk and an error. In the fifth inning, Utah had two hits from Konnor Armijo and Cory Hunt to put two on with one out, but the Cougars got a ground out and threw a runner out stealing to end the inning. Relf hit a leadoff double in the seventh inning but was stranded on base, and he was also left on base after a one-out double in the ninth inning.
Utah plays its next five games on the road, taking on BYU on Tuesday, April 9, at 6:00 p.m. MT in Provo before continuing in the Pac-12 next weekend for a three-game series at Oregon State beginning Friday, April 12, at 5:30 p.m. PT.