SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah baseball team opened a three-game series against Washington with a 9-1 loss on Friday afternoon.
Utah was led at the plate by two hits each from James Brooks and Shaun Cooper.
Ute starter Brock Duke pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs on seven hits with five strikeouts. He earned the loss to fall to 2-3 on the year. Tony Vocca allowed two runs on two hits after throwing part of an inning while Nick Green was solid over the final 2 1/3 innings, striking out four of the seven batters he faced.
The Utes nearly pushed a run across in the first inning, after Brooks got on with a double after the right fielder slipped trying to make the catch. He moved to third on a fly ball and had a chance to head home on a wild pitch, but the catcher corralled the ball quickly to keep Brooks at third. Washington pitcher Aaron West got Cooper to fly out to end the inning.
Washington got on the board with a two-run home run in the second inning off the bat of Chase Anselment. The Huskies added two runs in the third to go up 4-0 by taking advantage of a pair of overthrow errors by Utah with two outs.
Branden Berry scored on a wild pitch in the sixth inning for Washington after leading off the inning with a single. The game got out of hand in the seventh inning, with the Huskies scoring four runs, highlighted by a solo home run from Jacob Lamb before a three-RBI triple off the bat of Robert Pehl.
The Utes avoided the shutout with a run in the ninth inning. Parker Morin singled to lead off the inning followed by a walk to Cooper. Gavin Green's RBI single scored pinch-runner Tyson Gonzalez.
West earned the win on the mound for Washington, throwing seven scoreless innings and allowing just four hits.
Utah and Washington play game two of the series on Saturday, April 28, at noon.
SAN FRANCISCO —Pitcher Marc Oslund kept BYU in the game through eight innings until his teammates completed a 2-1 victory Friday over the University of San Francisco.
BYU (18-16, 7-4) remains in second place of the West Coast Conference, one game behind No. 16 San Diego, in evening the series at USF (20-26, 7-7).
Oslund, who improved to 4-0, retired the Dons in order the first three innings as he took a no-hitter deep into the fourth frame. USF's highly touted hurler Kyle Zimmer surrendered a leadoff home run to Dillon Robinson in the fifth.
"Zimmer is the real deal, BYU coach Vance Law said of the Don ace evaluated by many scouts on hand to witness his 10 strikeouts. "He has a great breaking pitch and kept us off-balance with his change."
Robinson's homer, only the second of BYU's season, was three-quarters up the right-field netting and gave the Cougars a 1-0 lead.
"He (Robinson) is now starting to swing the way he is capable," Law said.
USF tied the game with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth, but Oslund continued to battle as he recorded three of his six strikeouts in the seventh and eighth frames.
"Oslund pitched a masterful game," Law said. "He is starting to get better velocity. He's always been able to get his curve ball over. He's a very emotional player and a good leader. He does not like to lose and is giving it his all every pitch. I'm thrilled for him, he's very deserving."
The Cougars threatened several times in the game, including having bases loaded for naught in the second inning.
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