Ute Baseball Rallies From Five-Run Deficit, Beat USC, 9-7

Published on May 15, 2017 at 07:06AM

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah baseball team rallied from as much as a five-run deficit on Sunday evening to defeat USC, 9-7, to win the series over the Trojans.

Down 7-3 in the middle of the seventh inning, Utah scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh and three runs in the eighth to take the lead en-route to the win.

Zack Moeller led Utah at the plate with two hits, four RBI, and two doubles. DaShawn Keirsey, Jr., Chandler Anderson and Josh Rose all had two hits, while Rose also had two RBI.

Josh Tedeschi earned his first career win on the mound, throwing 2 2/3 hitless and scoreless innings with a strikeout. Also pitching for the Utes was Riley Ottesen, Jacob Rebar and Chase Bauerle. Rebar had four strikeouts while Ottesen had two K’s.

Down 7-3, the Utes cut the lead to a run, 7-6, with three runs in the bottom of the seventh. After Anderson walked to lead off the inning, Moeller drove in his third run of the night with his second RBI double of the day. Wade Gulden walked and both runners moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Rose had the big hit of the inning, driving a 3-2 pitch into the gap in right center field to score both runners and bring Utah to within a run.

Utah took the lead in a wild eighth inning. Max Schuman walked and Connor McNally entered as a pinch runner, and Anderson singled while both moved into scoring position on a balk. The Trojans looked to intentionally walk Dallas Carroll, but the third pitch of the at-bat went over the catchers head, allowing McNally to score and tie the game. After Carroll stole second, Hunter Simmons struck out but the pitch was again wild, allowing Simmons to reach first and Anderson to score the go-ahead run. Moeller gave Utah a two-run cushion with a sacrifice fly.

In the top of the ninth, Tedeschi got three quick ground outs to close out the game.

USC took a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning, which included a leadoff walk and RBI triple as well as a squeeze play bunt. The Trojans took a 5-0 lead with three runs in the third inning off four hits, including a two-run inside-the-park home run.

The Utes stranded the bases loaded in the second inning (with the third out made on a line drive directly to the first baseman) before getting on the board in the third for two runs on three hits. Anderson and Carroll singled, setting up a two-RBI double from Moeller. Utah added a run in the fourth with Rose leading off the inning with a single and Keirsey driving him in with a double to left field, bringing the score to 5-3.

USC added two runs in the seventh for a 7-3 lead after the Utes surrendered four walks in the inning, with the runs scoring on a ground out and sacrifice fly.

Utah and USC play game three of the series in a rare Monday contest for the Utes, beginning at 6:00 p.m. MT.