College baseball: Utes lose lead, fall to Dartmouth

Published: Monday, March 4 2013 12:09 a.m. MST

MINNEAPOLIS — The Utah baseball team closed out the Dairy Queen Classic with a 5-2 loss to Dartmouth on Sunday afternoon.

"We didn't swing the bats very well," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "We made some key mistakes on defense that hurt us, but we lost to a good ball club."

Utah had five hits compared to 12 for Dartmouth.

Dartmouth got on the board in the second inning with three singles leading to a run. The Utes came back in the bottom of the second with a pair of runs to take a 2-1 lead. Putting two on base with one out after Tyler Relf singled to center and Konnor Armijo walked, Relf advanced two bases and scored on a wild pitch. Armijo came home on a bunt by Tyler Yagi.

Dartmouth threatened to tie the game in the fifth, leaving two on base after a hit and an error, and broke through with a two-out run in the sixth after a double and single to put the score at 2-2.

The Big Green took the lead for good with a three-run seventh inning. Dartmouth had three hits and took advantage of a Ute error to take a 5-2 lead.

The Utes used four pitchers. Starter Joe Pond went 52?3 innings, allowing two runs on nine hits. Chase Rezac surrendered three runs on three hits over 2?3 of an inning, picking up the loss. Mitch Watrous pitched a hitless 1 2/3 innings, striking out one, while Dalton Carroll had two strikeouts in the three batters he faced during the final inning.

The Utes continue on the road next weekend with a four-game series against Saint Mary's, beginning on Friday at 2 p.m. PT.

SACRAMENTO STATE 10, UTAH VALLEY 3: At Sacramento, Calif., Utah Valley University could not recover from a four-run first inning, dropping the rubber match of a three-game series on Sunday at John Smith Field.

The Wolverines (5-7) scored twice in the second to cut the Hornets' (6-5) lead in half, but Sac State was able to pull away late, scoring six runs in its final four at-bats to win going away.

Stone Ramsey had his second straight multi-hit game for UVU, going 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and two runs batted in on an afternoon the Wolverines equaled the Hornets with nine hits.

Sac State took advantage of walks, scoring twice on bases-loaded walks and once on a hit-by-pitch with the bases full, while also getting opportune hits with runners in scoring position.

After mounting a two-out rally in the second with an RBI double from Ramsey and an RBI single by Jordy Hart, UVU had doubles in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings go for naught, stranding runners in each inning.

The Hornets got a home run from Rhys Hoskins in the fifth and added two more runs in the sixth when David Del Grande was hit by a pitch to force in a run, and later when Will Soto walked with runners at every base. Sac State would add three more in the eighth.

Utah Valley's third run came when Ramsey grounded out in the seventh, scoring Court Zollinger.

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