Baseball Falls in Series Finale to Washington State
SALT LAKE CITY – Washington State edged Utah baseball in the third game of the series 5-3 on Sunday at Smith's Ballpark.
In a low-scoring game, Washington State scored two runs in the first and the sixth and that proved to be enough in the game.
Kai Roberts and Rykker Tom both had two hits in the game. Tom also had an RBI in the game.
The Cougars got off to a good start scoring two runs in the first inning on one hit and one error.
Utah got going in the fourth getting the first three runners on base with two walks and a hit. Shea Kramer came up and flied out to left field to score Christopher Rowan, Jr. from third and make the score 2-1.
Washington State added two more runs in the sixth and one in the eighth. The Utes responded by getting going in in the eighth as well. After two singles from Jayden Kiernan and Roberts. Kiernan advanced to third on a deep fly ball from Rowan and Tom put the ball in play to score him and cut into the lead even further.
Heading into the ninth trailing by three runs, Utah was given life after an error at second base by Washington State. With runners on first and second, they advanced to second and third on a passed ball with Roberts up. He battled at the plate, but ended up striking out to end the rally and the game.
David Watson got the start for Utah and went 5.2 innings giving up two earned runs on five hits. He struck out four. Randon Hostert, Zac McCleve, Dustyn Schramm and Brayson Hurdsman all came out of the bullpen on the afternoon. They combined to only give up three hits over the final 3.1 innings pitched.
The Utes totaled nine hits on the afternoon and the loss moves their record to 8-17 and 4-8 in the Pac-12.
The Utes will turn around and play in Provo against BYU on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Larry Miller Field.