Baseball Bounces Back for 11-4 Win Over Cal
SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah baseball team closed the Cal series out strong with an 11-4 win at Smith's Ballpark on Sunday.
The 11 runs is the most Utah has scored this season and used a couple of big innings to stretch their lead out scoring five in the fifth and four in the seventh.
David Watson had his best outing of the year on the mound going 7.0 innings and only allowing one run on six hits. He struck out four and moved his record to 1-3 with the win.
Utah grabbed the lead today in the third, but Cal came right back and hit a home run to center field in the top of the fourth to tie things up.
With the game heading to the bottom of the fifth tied, Utah broke through in a big way plating five runs to take a 6-1 lead. A Matt Richardson double got the inning going. The bases were loaded after a single by Vinny Zavolta and walk from Jayden Kiernan. With two outs, Christopher Rowan, Jr. singled to center scoring two runs. Next up, Brock Rudy drew a walk to load the bases once again and Jaylon McLaughlin's patience at the plate also paid off as he drew a bases-loaded walk to push another run across the plate. The Utes scored two more on a Tyler Thompson double down the left-field line bringing the score to 6-1.
The Utes added one more run in the sixth and then broke the game wide open in the seventh. Richardson singled to score McLaughlin and Thompson. Two more hits by Kiernan and Kai Roberts brought in two more runs bringing the score to 11-1.
Cal scratched a couple more runs across the plate late, but Utah finished off the Sunday game 11-4 to finish the weekend on a high note with a win.
Richardson was on fire all weekend hitting .556 scoring five runs and knocking in four RBI. Along with Richardson having two RBI today, Kiernan, Rowan and Thompson also had two RBI in the game. Zavolta went 2-3 in the leadoff spot and scored three runs.
With the win, Utah moves their record to 5-13 and 2-4 in the Pac-12.
Utah will head to Oregon State next week for a three-game series that starts on Thursday, April 1 with a 6:35 start.