Baseball Falls on the Road at Dixie State, 9-4
ST. GEORGE, Utah – Left fielder TJ Clarkson contributed two RBI and catcher Davis Cop added his second home run of the season, but Utah was unable to answer a big fourth inning for Dixie State as the host Trailblazers defeated the Utes, 9-4, on Wednesday at Bruce Hurst Field.
Utah (25-21-1) hosts its final home series this weekend, a three-game Pac-12 set vs. No. 8 Stanford. First pitch in the opener is slated for Friday, May 13 at 6 p.m. MT from Smith's Ballpark.
Cop (2-for-3) had his 10th multi-hit game as a Ute and it was Clarkson's eighth game this season with multiple RBI. Shortstop Matt Richardson had a double, his 10th of the year and making Richardson the sixth Ute this season with 10-plus doubles.
Left-hander Brady Maylett started on the mound for Utah and was hooked with the loss. Righty Blake Whiting threw the seventh inning in relief and teamed up with Cop to foil a Dixie State squeeze attempt, while in the eighth Zac McCleve struck out the side in order, all looking. It included McCleve winning a 10-pitch at bat against Ethan He to finish the inning.
Dixie State got on the board with the first four runs of the game. The Trailblazers broke the ice with a run in the first inning, then tacked on three more in the second stanza with three hits.
The Utes were able to get one back in the fourth on Richardson's two-out double, scoring designated hitter Jayden Kiernan. Kiernan singled with one away in the inning, moved into scoring position on a walk, then hustled on contact by Richardson. The ball dropped into right field and hopped past a diving Tyson Fisher, allowing Richardson to take second base.
Utah scored one run apiece in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. It included a bases-loaded walk to Clarkson in the fifth, a solo homer for Cop in the sixth and a sac fly off the bat of Clarkson in the top of the seventh. The Utes had a chance for more in the fifth, loading the bases with nobody out, but a 1-2-3 double play ball followed by a groundout ended the inning.
Dixie State began to pull away with a four-run fourth, and added an insurance run in the home half of the sixth.
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