Joe Pond pitched a solid 5 1/3 innings of relief for the Utes
April 20, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - Utah baseball made things interesting in the late innings, but was defeated this afternoon by USC at Spring Mobile Ballpark, 7-4. With the loss, the Utes fall to 16-18, 5-12 in the Pac-12, while the Trojans improved to 15-23, 7-10.
USC took the first lead of the game on a RBI single by Blake Lacey but eventually left the bases loaded. The same situation presented itself to the Utes in the bottom half of the inning as a walk to AJ Young tied the score before a groundout ended the threat.
When play resumed after a 50-minute rain delay in the top of the second, the Trojans tacked on two runs courtesy of a sacrifice bunt and base-hit to left field for a 3-1 lead.
USC plated three more in the third on a RBI groundout, RBI single, and throwing error to take control of the contest, 6-1.
Trailing 7-1 entering the ninth, Utah’s bats came to life off USC reliever Brooks Kriske. Centerfielder Braden Anderson came through with a two-out, two-run single before the Trojans made another pitching change. Kody Davis then lashed a run-scoring double down the left-field line to give the Utes a pulse at 7-4.
Dalton Carroll earned the start and allowed four earned runs over 3 2/23 innings of work. His record dropped to 3-4 on the season with the loss. Right-handed reliever Joe Pond allowed one earned run over the final 5 1/3, striking out four batters.
USC’s Wyatt Strahan allowed one run over eight innings of work to record the win and exited before the Utes knocked around Kriske in the ninth.