Joe Pond pitched 5 1/3 shutout innings for the Utes against Washington.
April 28, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Behind a solid performance on the mound and timely hitting at the plate, the Utah baseball team shut out Washington, 6-0, on Saturday afternoon.
The Utes used three pitchers, with Joe Pond getting the win after going 5 1/3 innings, striking out two and giving up seven hits. He picked up his third win of the year. Kesley Kondo threw three shutout innings with four strikeouts, while Tyler Wagner entered the game with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth and got a strikeout and ground out to end the game.
Although the Utes were out-hit, 10-7, Washington stranded 10 runners on base during the game compared to three for Utah.
"Joe really battled through and gave us five really good innings," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "Kesley was really good in some big spots for us. The key for us today was that we executed at the plate with runners on base, despite being out-hit."
Utah started the scoring early, as James Brooks led off the bottom of the first inning with a double and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt from Tyler Relf before scoring on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Morin.
The Utes added to their lead in the bottom of the third. Tyson Gonzalez reached base on an error and Cory Hunt successfully executed the hit-and-run with a double to the left field corner to send Gonzalez across the plate.
Utah added solo runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Leiter scored in the fifth after a leadoff triple, and Shaun Cooper hit his eighth home run of the year in the sixth inning.
The Utes plated two insurance runs in the eighth inning. Relf and Morin hit back-to-back leadoff triples, and Morin scored on a sacrifice fly two batters later.
Washington left two runners on base in the first, second and sixth innings, while leaving the bases loaded in the ninth inning.
Utah will go for the series win against Washington on Sunday, April 29, at noon, at Spring Mobile Ballpark.