SALT LAKE CITY – Utah’s Davis Cop had three hits for the second time in as many days and contributed three RBI, but big innings for Arizona State with five runs in the second inning plus a four-run seventh proved the difference as the Utes fell by a 15-9 score on Saturday at Smith’s Ballpark.
Utah (7-11, 1-4 Pac-12) and Arizona State will conclude the three-game series on Sunday at Smith’s Ballpark with first pitch at 1 p.m. MT.
Cop’s three RBI came via a two-run double in the first inning, before his base hit in the third inning drove in TJ Clarkson. It brings Cop to seven RBI in the series to date, coming off a career-high four RBI with his grand slam on Friday night.
Clarkson added two hits and a pair of RBI as well, extending his reached base streak to 14 consecutive games. Landon Frei returned to second base after missing two games due to injury and DHing Friday’s series opener vs. the Sun Devils.
ASU got on the board with a pair of runs in the first inning but Utah quickly answered and took the lead. Cameron Gurney grounded out with the bases loaded to score Elijha Hammill, who was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Then Cop, the next batter up, doubled into the left field corner to plate Clarkson along with Jayden Kiernan for the 3-2 Utah lead.
Unfortunately for the Utes, the advantage was short-lived as the visitors came back with a five-spot in the second inning and a 7-3 score. Cop would drive in Clarkson a second time with his third inning RBI…
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