Baseball Falls to No. 19 Arizona State, 4-1
PHOENIX – The Utah baseball team dropped the second game of the series to No. 19 Arizona State Sun Devils 4-1 in Phoenix, Ariz.
The Utes loaded the bases in the eighth and Jayden Kiernan hit a line drive to left center, but the Sun Devils centerfielder made a diving catch to preserve their 4-1 lead and held on from there.
Kyle Robeniol got the start for Utah and pitched three innings while giving up two runs with three strikeouts. Out of the bullpen, Brett Brocoff, Ian MacIver and David Watson all combined to only give up two runs on six hits over the final six innings.
Utah had six hits of their own with Shea Kramer going 2-4 and had the Utes RBI.
In the seventh inning with Vinny Zavolta on second, Kramer hit a double down the first-base line. He advanced to third with an error on the right fielder. From there, Utah drew a couple walks loading the bases with Kiernan coming to the plate. With a 1-0 count, he hit a line drive to left center, but Arizona State's centerfielder covered a lot of ground and made a diving catch to end the inning.
The Utes threatened again in the eighth getting the first two men on base, but failed to advance them any further, keeping the score the same at 4-1. Utah couldn't get anything going in the ninth, and the Utes record falls to 1-7 on the season.
Utah and Arizona State will play one more game on Sunday, Mar. 7 at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. First pitch will be at 12:35. Fans can watch the game via the Arizona State live stream.