Rick Anton had nine strikeouts against Washington State.
March 7, 2010
PULLMAN, Wash. - Utah junior pitcher Rick Anton had nine strikeouts to lead the Utah baseball team to a 4-1 victory against Washington State on Sunday.
Anton held the Cougars to one run on four hits over seven innings. He got out of a jam in the bottom of the first after WSU loaded the bases with one out, forcing a pair of ground outs. Anton also struck out five straight batters in the second and third innings.
The Utes got on the board in the second inning with a leadoff home run from Devin Walker. Cooper Blanc led off the third inning with a double before scoring on Michael Beltran's sacrifice fly. C.J. Cron homered in the fourth inning to put the Utes up 3-0.
Washington State scored its only run of the game in the eighth inning. After Kyle Buchanan doubled to lead off the inning, freshman pitcher Zach Adams came into the game and settled down quickly after giving up an RBI single to the first batter he faced, forcing a double play and throwing a strikeout to end the inning.
Utah added a run in the top of the ninth with Cron hitting a two-out double to center field to score Tyler Yagi, who led off the inning with an infield single.
Anton raises his record to 2-1 on the year. Adams had two strikeouts in his six batters faced for his second save of the year.
"It was a great performance on the mound by both of our pitchers," head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "Anton pitched ahead and pitched with confidence today to get quick innings. Our defense also came up with several key plays for us."
Utah committed no errors and turned three double plays.
The Utes return to the field on Friday, March 12, for a four-game round-robin tournament against Portland and Oregon State.