AJ Young went 3-for-3 against Sacramento State.
Feb. 15, 2014
SACRAMENTO - Utah pitcher Tanner Banks recorded nine strikeouts as the Ute baseball team picked up its first victory of the season, 2-1 over Sacramento State.
Banks spent most of the game locked in a pitchers duel with Sacramento State's Brennan Leitao. Banks went seven innings, allowing one unearned run and just two hits. Leitao allowed two runs over seven innings, striking out four.
Utah allowed just three hits on the day. Zach Adams saw his first action in two years after returning from injury, pitching part of the eighth inning and allowing one hit. Nick Green threw 1 1/3 hitless innings, earning the save and striking out one.
"Tanner was efficient today, he didn't give in and just pounded the strike zone," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "He was really good today. All three of our pitchers pitched well, only giving up three hits."
Utah tried to break through in the fourth inning when Tyler Yagi reached on a throwing error, and after stealing second, was thrown out at home trying to score on a single from AJ Young. The Utes would score the first run of the game in the sixth. Cory Hunt was issued a one-out walk and after stealing second, came around to score on Konnor Armijo's RBI single to left center and put the Utes up 1-0.
Sacramento State took advantage of a walk, a passed ball, and two fly outs to score its lone run of the game in the bottom of the seventh.
Young went 3-for-3 at the plate while Armijo was 2-for-4.
"AJ swung the bat very well," Kinneberg said. "He has been injured and today was his first live action for awhile. He and Konnor really helped us out offensively.
"We did just enough today to get it done. We weren't as efficient offensively as we need to be, and we didn't execute as well as we need to, but we got it done and will move on to tomorrow."
Utah and Sacramento State play game three of the four-game series on Sunday, Feb. 16, at 2:00 p.m. PT.