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Watrous Ties Strikeout Record in Utah Baseball's 3-1 Win Over Saint Mary's

Kody Davis had two hits and an RBI for Utah against Saint Mary's.

Kody Davis had two hits and an RBI for Utah against Saint Mary's.

March 8, 2013

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MORAGA, Calif. - Utah sophomore pitcher Mitch Watrous tied the school record for strikeouts in a game as the Ute baseball team opened a four-game series against Saint Mary's with a 3-1 win on Friday afternoon.

Watrous had 12 strikeouts in the game, allowing just one run on four hits with one walk. He pitched eight innings, and was relieved in the ninth by Josh Chapman, who pitched the final inning to record his first save of the year.

Watrous is the fourth Ute to record 12 strikeouts in a game, tying a record also set by Jason Price (2004), Stephen Fife (2008, twice) and Brian Budrow (2008).

The Utes were led at the plate by a 2-for-4 performance by Kody Davis. He also drove in a run. Dallas Carroll drove in two of Utah's three runs while Braden Anderson scored twice.

Utah had five stolen bases, including two from Anderson.

"Mitch was outstanding on the mound today," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "He had a good mix and in the later innings he had a tremendous slider. He was down in the zone and was rarely behind in the count. Base running and defense is really what won the game for us today. We didn't swing the bats really well, but we had five stolen bases and advanced on a couple of balls in the dirt to get into scoring position."

 

 

Each team scored a run in the first inning. Anderson doubled to left center to lead off the game and would score on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Carroll. Saint Mary's had back-to-back hits from Shawn O'Brien and Collin Ferguson to tie the game at 1-1.

The Gaels threatened to score again in the second inning after a leadoff single from Brenden Klafus would lead to him being thrown out at home after a fly ball to left field.

Utah took a 2-1 lead in the third inning. Anderson reached on an error and stole both second and third before he scored on an infield single off the bat of Davis.

The Utes added an insurance run in the eighth inning, taking a 3-1 lead. After reaching base on a bunt single, Davis advanced to second on a balk and moved to third on a wild pitch before scoring on Carroll's single through the left side.

Utah faces Saint Mary's in the second game of the series on Saturday, March 9, at 1:00 p.m. PT.

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