James Brooks had two hits, both doubles, for Utah on Sunday.
May 13, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah baseball team lost a late lead before falling in extra innings, 5-4, against Oregon State on Sunday afternoon.
Utah led 4-3 going into the top of the ninth inning. Pinch-hitter Ryan Gorton hit an infield single to lead off the inning for OSU, and although reliever Kesley Kondo got the next two outs after a sacrifice bunt and a strikeout, Michael Conforto hit a single up the middle to score the game-tying run.
Utah went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the ninth, and Oregon State led off the top of the 10th with Ryan Dunn doubling to the gap in left center. Ryan Barnes was intentionally walked with one out but the Utah pitchers struggled with control and walked the next two batters, sending home the game-winning run. Reliever Tony Vocca got a strikeout and ground out to get out of the inning.
Utah starter Mitch Watrous allowed three runs over nine hits in six innings, including three strikeouts with just one walk. Kondo pitched 2 2/3 innings, allowing one run on four hits with two strikeouts. Nick Green earned the loss to fall to 1-1 on the year. He allowed one run on one hit. Josh Chapman also pitched for part of the 10th inning.
Utah took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Cooper led off the inning with a single to left field followed by back-to-back bunt singles from Nielsen and Jo Jo Sharrar. Gavin Green grounded out to score a run before OSU's Dan Child struck the next two batters out to get out of the inning.
Utah cut into OSU's lead with a run in the bottom of the third after Brooks doubled to lead off the inning before scoring on Morin's sacrifice fly. The Utes scored the equalizer in the fifth inning, as Brooks again led off on a double before scoring on a ground out by Morin. Utah took the 4-3 lead in the sixth inning as Nielsen (who doubled to lead off the frame) and Biss Larsen executed a suicide squeeze to push the runner home.
Oregon State made a two-out rally in the eighth inning, leaving the bases loaded, before scoring the game-winning and game-tying runs in the ninth and 10th innings.
Child pitched a complete game for the Beavers, allowing four runs on nine hits with 11 strikeouts. Conforto and Danny Hayes each had three hits.
Utah returns to the field on Tuesday, May 15, at Utah Valley beginning at 6:00 p.m. MT. Utah Valley is riding a nation-leading 32-game winning streak.