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Utes fail to hold early lead, fall to No. 6 Oregon State

CORVALLIS, Ore. — A four-run third inning lifted sixth-ranked Oregon State to a 4-1 win over Utah in the series finale on Sunday.

Utah had two of its three hits in the game in the second inning to take a 1-0 lead. AJ Young led off the inning with a double down the left field line and scored when Wyler Smith singled up the middle.

OSU left runners on base in the first two innings but rallied with two outs in the third inning for five hits to score four runs. Beau Day hit a two-RBI double in the inning for the Beavers.

Utah's Tanner Banks pitched three innings, allowing four runs and seven hits in earning the loss. Joe Pond had six strikeouts over his 4 1/3 innings in relief, allowing three hits, while Nick Green pitched part of the eighth inning.

Oregon State pitcher Ben Wetzler pitched 6 1?3 innings, striking out eight in the win.

Utah travels to Orem for a midweek game against Utah Valley on Tuesday at 6 p.m.


OREGON STATE 10, UTAH 2: At Corvallis, Ore., freshman third baseman Kristen Stewart and sophomore right fielder Marissa Mendenhall both drove in runs for the Utes, but the Utah softball team lost in five innings to Oregon State in the finale of its Pac-12 Conference series Sunday at the OSU Softball Complex.

Utah (18-23-1, 4-11 Pac-12) had base hits from Stewart and sophomore left fielder Kate Dickman. Stewart, a Covina, Calif., native, now has eight RBI during her freshman campaign, while Dickman has now hit in nine straight games, which is the longest current streak for the Utes.

Mendenhall's sacrifice fly in the first gave her 18 RBIs this season.

Senior second baseman Jackie Sweet drew a walk to extend her current reached base streak to 17 games, which is the longest stretch for any Ute this season.

On the mound, sophomore Mariah Ramirez allowed seven earned runs on 13 hits with two walks as her record dipped to 6-9 on the year.