Luke West struck out all of the five batters he faced to pick up the win.
May 10, 2013
SEATTLE - The Utah baseball team defeated Washington, 5-4, in 10 innings to open a three-game series against the Huskies on Friday evening.
Utah held a 4-0 lead before Washington tied the score at 4-4 with two runs in the eighth and ninth innings. In the top of the 10th inning, AJ Young led off the inning with a walk as a pinch hitter, and back-to-back singles from Braden Anderson and Cory Hunt sent Young across the plate for the game-winning run.
Utah reliever Luke West, who entered the game with one out in the ninth inning, struck out all five of the batters that he faced. He earned the win to raise his record to 3-2 on the year.
"We played really well for six innings," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "We had a lot of opportunities to get it done, and they got it tightened up. We got a big two-out hit from Cory Hunt. We haven't had a big hit like that in a long time. What can you say about Luke West - that was as good of relief pitching I've seen in a long time."
The Utes (17-26, 6-19 Pac-12) scored the first runs of the game in the fifth inning. Scaggari hit a one-out single up the middle, and following a double steal with Anderson (who was hit by the pitch), Hunt hit a sacrifice fly to left center to score Scaggari to put the Utes on the board. Trey Nielsen hit an RBI double to center field to send Anderson home, giving Utah a 2-0 lead.
Utah added two runs in the sixth inning to take a 4-0 lead. Tyler Relf led off the inning with a single and scored on Wyler Smith's RBI single up the middle. Scaggari also had a single in the inning, and Smith scored on a throwing error on a stolen base from Scaggari.
The Huskies began their rally in the eighth inning, scoring two runs on three hits to cut Utah's lead to 4-2 before reliever Pond got the Utes out of the inning with two strikeouts. Washington continued its momentum into the ninth inning, tying the game at 4-4. In addition to a pair of singles, the Huskies took advantage of a walk, a hit by pitch, and a wild pitch to send two runs across the plate. West entered the game and struck out two to send the game into extra innings.
The Utes and Huskies play game two of the series on Saturday, May 11, at 12:00 p.m. PT. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.