Baseball Falls in Pitching Duel to Washington, 2-1
SEATTLE – Utah baseball dropped the second game of the series 2-1 to the Washington Huskies at Husky Ballpark on Saturday.
It was a pitching battle between Brayson Hurdsman and Washington starter Tyson Guerrero from the start. Hurdsman only allowed four hits and struck out four in 7.0 innings pitched while Guerrero only allowed three hits in 6.1 innings.
After a quick four innings, Washington got on the board in the fifth to take a lead and got another run across the plate in the seventh to go up 2-0.
In the eighth inning, Jaylon McLaughlin generated a run after drawing a walk. He then stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch giving Rykker Tom the chance to put the ball in play and get Utah within one. Tom did just that on a groundout to third and Utah was down 2-1.
In the ninth, Christopher Rowan, Jr. started the inning with a leadoff double, but the Utes were unable to get the tying run across the plate. Utah stranded six runners on the afternoon overall.
Hurdsman ended up only allowing two earned runs on four hits. The 7.0 innings pitched is a season high for him.
In addition to Rowan having a double, Tom, Kai Roberts and Brock Rudy had the other hits on the afternoon. The Utes also drew three walks.
The rubber match between the Utes and the Huskies will be on Sunday at 1 p.m. It will be broadcast on Pac-12 Mountain.