Huskies Split A Pair In Utah To Begin Pac-12 Play
The sun glistened off snow capped peaks far beyond the outfield fence at Smith's Stadium this morning as the Huskies took the field for a doubleheader against Utah.
Top of 1
McKay Barney drew a full count walk and quickly stole second. Will Simpson followed two batters later with a sacrifice fly to center to put the Dawgs on the board heading to the bottom half.
Bottom of 1
Perhaps it was the brisk Salt Lake City air, but starter Jared Engman took a little bit to warm up giving up two quick singles that would soon score on a double to left center. He would quickly settle in though.
Top of 2
Coby Morales led off with a double down the left field line. Michael Snyder up next singled up the middle putting runners on the corners.Two batters later, Cam Clayton came through with a sacrifice fly to right field to tie the game up at two a piece.
Bottom of 5
Engman walked the first batter who then found himself on second following a sacrifice bunt. A double down the right field line to the following batter put the Utes back on top 3-2.
Top of 7
AJ Guerrero led off with a single to center field. Coby Morales followed suit with a single through the right side putting runners on the corner. Two batters later, Michael Brown put the ball in play to the second baseman whose throw to second pulled the shortstop off the bag. Everyone was safe as Guerrero came in to score, tying things up at 3-3.
Top of 9
With the game's end looming, the Huskies were eager to score. They soon had runners aboard as Morales and Snyder both sent singles to the left side, but a double play ball to shortstop off Brown's bat left the Huskies to hold on for extra innings.
Bottom of 9
Stefan Raeth, who had entered for Engman to start the seventh, made sure that would happen retiring the Utes in order.
Top of 10
Two quick strikeouts had fans thinking about the 11th, but the Huskies still had plans for the 10th. McKay Barney worked a full count and then singled up the middle. In the next at bat, Johnny Tincher singled to left field. Feeling the momentum, Will Simpson singled to left field sending Barney across the dish with the go ahead run. Guerrero demanded a piece of the action as well and laced a double to left center scoring Tincher. Following a pitching change, Luke Rohleder singled to drive in Simpson putting the Huskies up 6-3 with nothing left to do now but hold on and seal the victory.
Bottom of 10
Ryan Velazquez took over for Raeth to close out the 10th. He put the first batter down with three pitches. Things got interesting however as a pair of singles brought the tying run to the plate. Valazquez remained focused however delivering two more strikeouts to end the inning and the game.
Starter Jared Engman went 6 innings giving up just 3 runs, all earned, on 6 hits with 4 strikeouts and a pair of walks. Stefan Raeth took the win moving to 3-0 while Velazquez got the save.
Top of 1
Fresh off a victory in Game 1 of the doubleheader, the Huskies were full of energy and eager to get off to a fast start in Game 2. McKay Barney soon found himself on first following an error at shortstop and soon stole second. A Johnny Tincher single to left center put runners on the corners. Will Simpson stepped to the plate next and drove a single to left field plating Barney to put the Huskies on the board. They were nowhere near done though. Two batters later Coby Morales singled to center field to load the bases. Next up, Michael Snyder stared down an 0-2 pitch and ripped it down the right field line scoring both Simpson and Tincher. Two batters later, Cam Clayton joined the party with a blast of his own down the right field line scoring both Snyder and Morales. As the top of the first came to a close, the Huskies were looking at a strong 5-0 lead.
Bottom of 1
RHP Calvin Kirchoff got the start on the mound and wasted no time retiring the Utes in order. He would continue to put up zeroes until...
Bottom of 4
Utah led off with a double. A grounder to Jarred Mazzaferro at second brought the first out, while moving the runner to third. A single to right field brought home the Utes first run and two walks later the bases were loaded. Utah was able to capitalize on the opportunity sending a triple to right center for 3 more RBIs. A pinch hitter in the next at bat delivered a much needed ground out, but at the cost of plating one more run. When the inning finally came to a close, Utah had tied things up 5-5.
Top of 5
Tincher led things off in the fifth and was grazed by a 2-2 pitch and sent to first base. Simpson walked in the next at-bat. Later in the inning Michael Snyder stepped up with two outs and singled to right field scoring Tincher for the 6-5 go ahead run.
Bottom of 5
Stu Flesland III took over for Kirchoff on the hill, but Utah quickly answered leading off with another double. A pair of walks loaded the bases and a run came in when the fourth batter was hit by the first pitch. The next batter flew out to right field, allowing another run to score. A much needed double play closed out the inning as Simpson caught a line drive at first and quickly fired over to Snyder before the runner could tag up. The damage had been done though as Utah regained the lead 7-5 and would hold on from there for the victory.
Starter Calvin Kirchoff went 4 innings giving up 5 runs, all earned, on 7 hits with 1 strikeout and 2 walks. Stu Flesland III took the loss moving to 0-2.