SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah baseball team opened a three-game series against Oregon with an 8-3 loss to the Ducks on Friday evening.
Utah held a 3-2 lead before Oregon put up six runs in the top of the ninth inning.
The Utes were led at the plate by Dallas Carroll and AJ Young, who both went 2-for-3 on the night.
Bret Helton pitched six innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits with five strikeouts and two walks. Brock Duke threw 2 2/3 innings, allowing six runs on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Trenton Stoltz also pitched in the final inning.
Utah took a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Andre Jackson singled and advanced to second on an error. Jackson moved to third on a fly out and scored on Carrolls single through the left side.
The Utes increased their lead to 2-0 when Jackson scored on a passed ball after leading off the inning with a walk.
Oregon scored two runs on two hits in the sixth inning, with a pair of leadoff singles leading to scores on ground outs. The Utes re-took the lead in the bottom of the sixth, 3-2. Young hit a well-placed bunt single and moved to second on a throwing error on the play. After he moved to third on a bunt, Young scored on a passed ball following a blunder on an attempted intentional walk.
The Ducks had struggled with stranded runners all game, leaving 12 on in total, while the Utes stranded six throughout the game. Oregon scored five of its six runs in the ninth inning with two outs, stringing together five hits with two walks. Each team had three errors.
Utah and Oregon play game two of the series on Saturday, May 16, at 2:00 p.m. MT.