Kody Davis had two hits and an RBI for Utah against Saint Mary's.
March 8, 2013
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.
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.
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.