USC Baseball Drops Pitchers' Duel at Utah, 2-1
OGDEN, Utah – The USC baseball team dropped a tough pitchers' duel at Utah on Friday night, falling 2-1 after a pair of late runs scored by the Utes.
USC falls to 24-26 overall and 12-17 in Pac-12 play, while Utah improves to 17-32 overall and 7-22 in conference action.
Chandler Champlain tossed 7.0 stellar innings, matching his career high with 10 strikeouts on the night. Champlain held the Utah bats in check most of the night, but gave up the tying run in the seventh and exited with the score still tied. The Utes got to the USC bullpen for the go-ahead run in the eighth, getting an RBI double from Christopher Rowan Jr.
Ute starter Brayson Hurdsman did his part to hold the USC bats in check, giving up just one run in the first inning. Hurdsman pitched into the ninth, giving way to reliever Matthew Sox after USC got a runner on in the final frame.
Clay Owens led off the ninth with a single and after he was replaced by a pinch runner, the Trojans got a man to second, but couldn't push across the tying run.
Garret Guillemette had the lone RBI on the day for USC, driving in Tyler Pritchard with a single in the first.
Champlain didn't give up a hit until the fifth inning and allowed only four in the outing.
- Chandler Champlain: 7.0 IP, 4H, ER, 3BB, 10K
- Garret Guillemette: 2-for-4, RBI
The Trojans and Utes wrap things up on Saturday at 10 a.m PT/11 a.m. MT. Sunday's game will be streamed live via Pac-12+ with links to follow on the baseball schedule page at USCTrojans.com.