Salt Lake City • The third and final game of the University of Utah baseball team’s series against Oregon State played out same as the first two, with the Beavers displaying far superior hitting and pitching on their way to an 8-0 victory.
Fresh off his no-hitter against Northern Illinois on March 8, Oregon State’s Jace Fry was dominant once again as the Utes did not get their first hit until there were two out into the fourth inning. The only Utah player who seemed to have Fry figured out was Braden Anderson, who accounted for two of the Utes’ three hits.
Oregon State 8, Utah 0Utah has just three hits, with Braden Anderson getting two.
» Utah’s Josh Chapman and Nick Green combine for 42⁄3 innings of scoreless relief.
"I just watched him — every batter before me — and just saw that he was going fastballs and he was missing up [in the zone]," said Anderson. "I didn’t try to do too much, just wanted to put it in play and I was able to have a little bit of success today."
By the time Anderson recorded Utah’s first hit, Oregon State already held a 6-0 lead.
"We didn’t have much to counter with their pitching," said Utah coach Bill Kinneberg. "You know, early in the game we continued to be behind in the count and they took advantage of that."
After the rocky first four innings, the Ute pitchers buckled down by throwing four scoreless innings until finally surrendering two more in the ninth.
"[Josh] Chapman’s a senior and Nick’s [Green’s] a senior, those guys are both quality relievers," said Kinneberg. "We have to get off to a better start than that. You know, the key to any game is having your starter get you to the fifth or sixth inning, where you have a chance to win. With our bullpen, we feel like we have a chance to hold guys as well, but you go down six early and it’s tough to come back."
Utah starter Tanner Banks took the loss, giving up six runs on six hits over 31⁄3 innings.
Sure, the Utes were playing against the fourth-ranked team in the country, but the series domination was tough to take.
"To score two runs [all series] and get swept at home is hard to take," said Kinneberg. "We’re playing one of the best teams in the country, but that doesn’t matter. We’re in this to compete and win."
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