Mitch Watrous pitched five innings for the Utes on Sunday.
April 22, 2012
BERKELEY, Calif. - Despite a late-inning rally, the Utah baseball team fell short against California on Sunday in a 5-2 loss.
Utah was led at the plate by Trey Nielsen, who had two hits, both doubles.
Cal jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning after RBI doubles from Mitch Delfino and Chadd Krist.
After allowing the first-inning runs, Utah starter Mitch Watrous settled down and pitched four innings of shutout ball before allowing leadoff singles in the sixth inning. Watrous was replaced by Tyler Wagner, who got the next two outs before Chris Paul hit a two-RBI single to send both runners across the plate to give Cal a 4-0 lead.
The Utes scored their first run of the game in the seventh inning as Josh Alexander scored on Tyler Relf's ground out after leading off the inning with a walk. Utah added a run in the eighth inning with Nielsen roping an RBI double to left center with Parker Morin on base after a leadoff walk, cutting the lead to 4-2.
Chad Bunting gave the Bears an insurance run in the eighth inning with a leadoff home run to left center, pushing the Cal lead to 5-2.
Watrous picked up the loss after throwing five innings, allowing seven hits. Wagner pitched the final three innings, striking out three and allowing one run on four this.
Cal starter Justin Jones earned the win on the mound after throwing seven innings, allowing one run on three hits with five strikeouts and four walks. Joey Donofrio picked up the save, throwing the final two innings.
The Utes return home this week for a four-game home stand, beginning with Southern Utah on Tuesday, April 24, followed by a three-game series against Washington beginning on Friday, April 27.