BB: Utes Even Series, Snap Cats’ 7-Game Win Streak

BB: Utes Even Series, Snap Cats’ 7-Game Win Streak

Max Schuman homered and drove in three runs for the University of Utah, which held off the University of Arizona baseball team, 7-4, to snap the Wildcats seven-game winning streak and even the three-game series Saturday night at Hi Corbett Field.

Schuman was 3-for-4 with two runs scored, highlighted by a two-run blast in the fifth inning that punctuated a three-run frame and extended Utah's lead to 6-1.

That proved to plenty of breathing room for the Utes, who struck first with a pair of runs in the second inning and added another in the third against Arizona starter Robby Medel.

Medel (L, 1-2) pitched into the fifth inning, but suffered the loss as he gave up four runs – three earned – on seven hits and a walk. He turned the game over to Bannister with one on and no outs in the fifth.

With the Wildcats trailing 3-1, Bannister was unable to turn away the Utes' rally. Dallas Carroll drove in Kody Davis with a single to left and, one out later, Wyler Smith tripled down the right field line in front of Schuman, who hit his homer over the wall in right.

Utah starter Dalton Carroll (W, 3-2) needed no further run support with the five-run advantage. The righty earned the win with six solid innings in which he scattered six hits and four walks, while yielding just two runs.

Arizona (16-5, 1-1 Pac-12) put plenty of runners on base, but struggled mightily to capitalize. The Wildcats were 4-for-23 with runners on base, and mustered only one hit in 13 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

The lone run-scoring hit came from Riley Moore, whose third-inning single to left knocked home Scott Kingery to cut into an early 2-0 deficit. However, the Wildcats left two one base that inning, and two more in the fourth before falling into the big hole in the fifth inning.

Bobby Dalbec provided a brief spark in the home half of the fifth, as he hit a towering solo home run to left field.

Utah (5-12, 1-1 Pac-12) tacked on an insurance run against reliever Nathan Bannister in the seventh, before the Wildcats chipped away with lone runs in the seventh and eighth.

Closer Hunter Rodriguez faced the tying run in the bottom of the ninth, but he struck out Justin Benhnke with two on base to preserve his second save of the year.

The two clubs will settle the three-game conference series on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for noon with a live radio broadcast on 1290 AM.

GAME NOTES: Arizona saw its seven-game win streak snapped. The streak was the longest since winning 14-straight games over the 2012-13 seasons … Bobby Dalbec's fifth-inning home runs was his fourth of the season and sixth of the his career. The Wildcats have hit 11 home runs on the season … Dalbec has reached base safely in all 21 games … Zach Gibbons went 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to nine games … Kevin Newman's first-inning single extended his hitting streak to eight games … The Wildcats fell to 1-5 when being out-hit by their opponent … Arizona has collected 11 or more hits in eight-consecutive games … The 3:46 length of game was the second-longest of the season (3:47 on March 1 against Samford).

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