Swept again: Baseball loses sixth in a row to start season

The U baseball team still hasn’t won a game. In its second weekend of play, the Utes were demolished in two of the three games against the No. 23-ranked TCU Horned Frogs. Game scores were 10-0, 6-4, 14-7. Utah had their experienced pitcher, Jason Price, in for game one, but TCU had a field day at the plate and won the game 10-0.

One of the largest problems the Utes suffered through last weekend against Santa Clara was getting hits with runners in scoring positions. This weekend was more of the same. The Utes were 0-14 at the plate with runners in scoring position and didn’t give Price any aid. Heading into the seventh inning, the Utes were only down by four runs, but the Horned Frogs pulled away. With junior Brandon Bailey in relief, TCU came on and scored three runs before chasing Bailey out of the game. Ute reliever Brian Lane then came on, but TCU scored another run and finished the game with a couple more runs.

Game two was suspended due to the weather Saturday, so both teams had to finish the game as part of a double-header with game three Sunday afternoon.

The Utes were already at a disadvantage before the game continued Sunday. TCU left Saturday’s game with the bases loaded and one out, and that’s exactly where they continued Sunday.

The Horned Frogs took advantage and scored three runs in the second inning, but this time, the Utes fought back.

With the bases loaded in the third, shortstop Ryan Khoury drove in two runs and Doug Beck hit a two-out two-run single to give the Utes a 4-3 advantage.But they couldn’t hold on. The Horned Frogs tied the game in the fourth, took the lead in the seventh and gave themselves insurance with another run in the eighth and were up 6-4. TCU never relinquished the lead and went into game three with a chance at the sweep and they capitalized on the opportunity.

The game was close for the majority of the matchup. Heading into the sixth inning, TCU only held a 3-2 advantage, but then they went on a run. Scoring six runs in the sixth inning, the Horned Frogs had the clear advantage. The Utes scored a run in the seventh, but TCU answered with seven runs in the bottom half of the seventh and were up 14-3.

Utah scored four more runs, but the attempt was futile as the Horned Frogs completed the sweep of the Utes.

Utah will head to Los Angeles next week to go up against UCLA in hopes of winning its first game and will go back to L.A. the following weekend to face Loyola Marymount.

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