Mitch Watrous pitched eight innings with eight strikeouts against USC.
April 11, 2014
LOS ANGELES - The Utah baseball team broke a 2-2 tie in the 13th inning to defeat USC, 3-2, for its second Pac-12 win of the season.
TJ Bennett led off the 13th inning with a single up the middle for Utah's first hit since the fourth inning. After a sacrifice bunt and a ground out moved him to third. Konnor Armijo's single deep in the infield scored Bennett for the go-ahead run.
Although USC made a late rally with a single and walk with two outs, Utah reliever Nick Green forced a popup to end the game.
Green and starter Mitch Watrous combined for 12 strikeouts on the mound. Watrous threw eight innings, striking out eight, and allowing two runs on four hits. Green pitched the final five innings, striking out four and allowing four hits.
"Mitch and Nick were spectacular tonight," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "Our defense was also very good. All that allowed us to stay in the game, and we finally got a two-out hit in the 13th inning with men on base. We had a lot of opportunities to do that earlier, but we didn't get it done. Our pitching and our defense helped us outlast them tonight."
Armijo drove in two of Utah's three runs on the day to lead Utah at the plate, while Bennett scored two of Utah's three runs.
Utah stranded 12 runners on base throughout the game. The Utes drew seven walks with four batters reaching base when they were hit by pitches.
Utah took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning. Bennett got things started when he struck out but reached first on a wild pitch. A sacrifice bunt moved him to second and Cory Hunt hit an RBI triple to right field to put the Utes on the board. Hunt would score on a squeeze play bunt from Armijo.
The Utes and Trojans play game two of the series on Saturday, April 12, at 2:00 p.m. PT.