Baseball Drops Second Game to LMU, 9-7
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Utah baseball team dropped its second game in a row against Loyola Marymount 9-7 at Page Field on Saturday, Feb. 27.
The Utes had a season high 11 hits with Jayden Kiernan, Kayler Yates and Rykker Tom all having two hits each.
Utah found itself in a hole early, but put together a big fifth inning to get back within two runs at 8-6.
Kai Roberts and Shea Kramer got the inning started with back-to-back hits and then Utah was helped out with a throwing error allowing Roberts to score. Yates and Matt Richardson both got singles pushing two more runs across home plate.
With runners now on first and third, Jaylon McLaughlin stepped up to the plate and knocked a two-run triple. Utah ended up scoring five runs on five hits to make the score 8-6.
After LMU pushed their run back to three as the Lions got one back in the bottom of the seventh, Utah brought the tying run to the plate in the eighth and ninth innings, but came up just short.
In the ninth, Kiernan started off the inning with a double. He moved over to third when Christopher Rowan, Jr. singled. Kiernan scored on a Roberts sac fly getting the Utes within two, but the Lions got the third out on a Shea Kramer flyout to end the game.
David Watson got the start for Utah and was relieved by Randon Hostert and Ian MacIver.
Utah is now 1-4 on the season.
Utah and LMU will play one more game to finish the series on Sunday at 2 p.m.