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Utah Baseball Earns First Shutout of the Year With 10-0 Win Over USC

Kody Davis had four hits and scored two runs for the Utes.

Kody Davis had four hits and scored two runs for the Utes.

April 19, 2013

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SALT LAKE CITY - Behind a solid pitching effort from Mitch Watrous and a solid offensive performance, the Utah baseball team defeated USC, 10-0, for its first shutout of the season.

Watrous pitched eight innings, striking out five and allowing five hits and three walks.

At the plate, Kody Davis went 4-for-5 to lead Utah. Trey Nielsen was 3-for-5 with two RBI, while AJ Young, Tyler Relf and Konnor Armijo all had two hits for the Utes.

Utah scored three runs in the third inning, two runs in the fifth and sixth innings and capped off the night with a three-run eighth inning.

"It was a complete game tonight," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "We pitched very well, and we played good defense, turning three crucial double plays early in the game to get us out of things. Our approach at the plate was the best we've had all year. It's a new day tomorrow."

Although USC had two hits in the first inning, a double play got the Utes out of the inning. Utah broke the scoreless tie in the third inning. After loading the bases with no outs with the help of a walk, an error, and a hit by pitch, Armijo scored on a ground out followed by back-to-back RBI doubles from Nielsen and Young to give Utah a 3-0 lead.

The Utes got another double play to get out of the fourth inning after the first two USC batters walked in the inning, and did the same thing in the fifth following a leadoff single by the Trojans. Utah added two runs in the bottom of the fifth after a single from Young led to an RBI double from Bennett and an RBI single off the bat of Armijo, putting Utah up 5-0.

 

 

Two more runs came in the bottom of the sixth inning. Braden Anderson led off the inning with a triple to deep right center, followed by an RBI single from Davis, who would later score on a ground out. The Utes scored three insurance runs in the eighth inning off four hits. Anderson walked and Davis singled to put two on, and Anderson scored on an infield single that Nielsen beat out. Another single from Relf led to two runs scoring after some heads-up base running from Nielsen.

Utah and USC play game two of the series on Saturday, April 20, at 12:00 p.m. MT.

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