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Utah Baseball Takes Opening Pac-12 Series 2-1 at Arizona

The Utah baseball team celebrates their 2-1 series victory over Arizona to open Pac-12 play.
The Utah baseball team celebrates their 2-1 series victory over Arizona to open Pac-12 play.
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Arizona looked to be in cruise control on their way to a victory and looked to take opening Pac 12 series of the season. Facing another defeat right in the face, the Utah Baseball baseball team picked themselves up of the dirt, and rallied in the final two innings to beat Arizona 9-8.

Tyger Talley pitched a shut out and allowed only two hits in the first seven innings on the mound for the Wildcats. Arizona got a run in the first, followed up by a run the second, and got a third run in the fifth inning. Then the Cats broke it open in the seventh when they added four runs to the board, and extended their lead to 7-0. In the eighth Talley walked Utah's Andre Jackson, and then hit Kody Davis with a pitch putting two on base for the Utes. He was replaced by sophomore closer Bobby Dalbec. That is when fortunes changed for the Utes.

Cody Scaggari was hit by a pitch, which loaded the bases. Dallas Carroll stepped up to the plate, and hit a single to send a run home. Followed by a single by Wyler Smith who also sent in another run. With two runs in for the Utes, Max Schuman had a line drive to right that bounced over the right fielder, and the three run RBI cut the Arizona lead to 7-5.

Arizona added a run in the top of the ninth. Arizona on top 8-5, Josh Rose lead off the inning with a deep hit to center that careened off the wall, which gave him a two base hit. A RBI single by Davis got Rose home, and one step closer and the ninth inning rally was on.  Scaggari stepped up to the plated and an RBI double sent Davis home, and Utes trailed by a single run 8-7.

With the tying run on second and two outs, Wyler Smith sent a ground hit to the second base. Second Baseman Scott Kingery dove and got control of the ball as Scaggari rounded third and headed for home. Kingery's throw was late and Scaggari crossed home plate for the game tying run.

Arizona had seen enough, and replaced Dalbec with Xavier Borde on the mound. With Smith on base, Borde walked both Schuman and AJ Young loading the bases. Wade Gulden stepped up to bat, and he too walked, and Smith crossed home plate and the rally was complete with a 9-8 victory, and 3-1 series win.

"It was a great comeback by our guys," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "It wasn't pretty early, but we battled back. Arizona gave us some opportunities and we took advantage of them and got it done. That is a great sign for us as we continue with our season. It was a great ending to a great weekend, to win a series on the road in the Pac-12."

Utah heads home with their second series win in a row, and third Pac 12 series win since joining the conference. They host Utah Valley in their first home game of the year Tuesday March 17 at 6:00 PM.