Baseball Fades Late Against Arizona State
SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah baseball team clawed its way back into the game after an early deficit against No. 23 Arizona State, but the Sun Devils prevailed with some power to win 10-6 and clinch the series at Smith's Ballpark.
Shea Kramer had a good day at the plate going 3-3 with two doubles to drive in two RBI as well as scored twice to have a hand in four of Utah's six runs.
Arizona State got off to a fast start scoring three runs in the first and one run in the second to go up 4-0.
Utah responded by scoring runs in the bottom of the second, third and fourth to tie the game. After two walks to start the second, Kramer knocked his first double to get Utah on the board. Next up, Kayler Yates hit a sacrifice fly to bring Arizona State's deficit to only two.
In the third, the Utes were back at it as Jaylon McLaughlin drew a walk and stole second. From there, two groundouts advanced McLaughlin to third and then scored him to make the score 4-3.
In the fourth inning, Kramer got on base against with a walk and advanced to second on a throwing error by the pitcher trying to pick him off. Yates got his second RBI of the night with a double down the left field line to score Kramer and tie the game.
With the game tied, Arizona State showed off their power taking the lead back with a two-run home run in the fifth and then two solo shots in the seventh. They also added runs in the eighth and the ninth to give them their 10 runs.
Utah tried to mount a rally by scoring a run in the seventh and ninth inning, but fell just short in the second game of the series.
Kyle Robeniol pitched 4.0 innings giving up four runs in those first two innings. Dustyn Schramm ended up taking the loss for Utah as he went 3.0 innings also giving up four runs. Ian MacIver finished things out for the Utes over the final two innings.
The Utes record moves to 9-23 and 4-13 in conference play.
Utah and Arizona State will finish the series out on Sunday, April 25 at 1 p.m. at Smith's Ballpark.