Baseball Drops Series Finale at Arizona State
PHOENIX – The Utah baseball team couldn't get its offense going on Sunday afternoon against No. 19 Arizona State as the Sun Devils completed the sweep over the Utes with a 5-0 win.
The Utes used four pitchers on the day and contained Arizona State for most of the afternoon, except in the fifth inning when they put four runs up on the board to go up 5-0.
Jayden Kiernan went 2-3 and had a walk.
Utah got two men on in the first and another man on in the second, but failed to get them across home plate.
They didn't threaten again until the seventh inning when Jaylon McLaughlin drew a walk and advanced to second base after Kiernan grounded out. McLaughlin was left stranded at second.
In the eighth, the Utes tried to get a two-out rally going as McLaughlin singled to center followed by a Kiernan single. After a Kai Roberts walk, the bases were loaded, but Shea Kramer grounded out to end the inning.
In the ninth inning, Rykker Tom drew a walk and stole second, but Arizona State didn't allow any more damage than that to win the game 5-0.
Trey Clarkson got the loss to fall to 0-2 on the season. Other pitchers to take the mound on Sunday were Randon Hostert, Matthew Sox and Brayson Hurdsman. These four combined to have zero walks and four strikeouts on the afternoon.
After nine games on the road, Utah will have its first home game this Thursday, Mar. 11 at 6 p.m. at Smith's Ballpark. They will have a three-game series against BYU with the first two games at Smith's Ballpark and the third game in Provo at Larry Miller Field.