Trojans Drop Game One of the Series at Utah|
May 13, 2017
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – For the third-straight week sophomore right-handed pitcher CJ Stubbs had a quality start, but the Trojan offense was unable to really get going, and the Trojans fell 4-2 in game one of the series at Smith’s Ballpark.
Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) went seven strong, allowing four runs (just three earned) on eight hits with three walks and tied a season-high total of five strikeouts. However, for the third-straight week he took the loss, getting just two runs in support against the Utes.
The Trojans (19-26, 6-16 Pac-12) tallied two runs on six hits, with runs coming in the seventh and eighth innings to cut into the Utes’ lead. Lars Nootbaar (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo HS) drove in the first Trojan run on an RBI groundout in the seventh inning, breaking a 23.2 inning scoreless streak for the Trojan offense. In the eighth inning, the Trojans cut into the Utah lead as David Edson (Las Vegas, Nev./Faith Lutheran HS) drew a bases-loaded walk.
The Utes (22-21, 10-12 Pac-12) tallied one run in the second, two in the third and one in the sixth. Wade Gulden led the way with a 2-for-2 day at the plate, driving in one and scoring two more. The Trojans held a 4-0 lead until the seventh inning, when the Trojans tallied one in the seventh and one in the eighth. Utah starter Jayson Rose went seven complete, allowing just one unearned run with four hits, three walks and eight strikeouts. Reliever Trenton Stoltz came in and got the Utes out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning and put up a zero in the ninth, despite the game-tying run coming to the plate for his first save of the year.
The Trojans and Utes will be back in action on Sunday at 7 p.m. MT for game two of the series.