Mitch Watrous pitched Utah's first shutout of the season against Nevada.
April 25, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg earned his 500th career victory as the Utes baseball team scored a season-high 12 runs and earned their first shutout of the year against Nevada in a 12-0 win.
Utah scored four runs in the third, three runs in the fourth, two runs in the fifth and three runs in the sixth inning in the win.
Mitch Watrous was solid on the mound, pitching seven innings with seven strikeouts, allowing two hits with three walks. Hunter Rodriguez allowed three hits with two strikeouts and a walk, throwing the last two innings in his third appearance of the season.
Kody Davis drove in three runs, going 2-for-5 at the plate. Cody Scaggari and Max Schuman each had two hits and two RBI, while Wyler Smith and Hunter Simmons also had a pair of hits each. Konnor Armijo drove in two runs with his first home run of the year in the fifth inning, a two-run shot over the right field fence.
"Mitch was terrific tonight," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "I think he had a different arm speed tonight, and I thought he was outstanding. We played a complete game today. We pitched well, we played really good defense, and we swung the bats and scored runs when we needed to. It was a very good effort to start the weekend."
Cory Hunt reached on an error in the third to start the scoring barrage for the Utes. Braden Anderson singled to put two on to lead to an RBI single for Scaggari. Davis hit a two-RBI double into the gap in left center and Schuman made it 4-0 with an RBI single through the right side just past the glove of the diving second baseman.
Utah had three hits to score three runs in the fourth. Simmons led off the inning with a double to left center, leading to an RBI ground out for Anderson with RBI singles from Scaggari and Davis, putting the lead at 7-0.
Armijo's first homer of the season in the fifth gave Utah a 9-0 lead. A three-run sixth inning was highlighted by an RBI triple from TJ Bennett, his second triple of the year.
Nevada left eight runners on base throughout the game.
Utah and Nevada continue the four-game series with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 26, at 1:00 p.m. MT. Inclement weather is in the forecast. For updates please refer to the Utah baseball twitter at @utahbaseball.