Luke West picked up the victory on the mound after pitching 3 1/3 innings.
March 23, 2013
PALO ALTO, Calif. - The Utah baseball team defeated Stanford, 3-2, in 10 innings on Saturday afternoon, to pick up its first Pac-12 win of the season.
Utah had six hits on the day, and were out-hit by Stanford, which had nine hits. The Utes stranded 12 runners on base throughout the game while Stanford left nine on.
Utah starting pitcher Joe Pond threw 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out a season-high eight. Nick Green pitched part of an inning while Luke West pick up the victory after pitching the final 3 1/3 innings, allowing two hits with two strikeouts.
"It was kind of a different game," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "There wasn't a lot of offense. They gave us our first two runs, and we earned our run in the 10th. That was big for us. We're still not where we want to be yet - we had a lot of opportunities to score runs and we're just not getting the key hit yet. It was big for Luke to throw four innings and get the win - I can't say enough about his effort today."
Stanford looked to start out strong, with its first two batters of the game reaching base but both failed to score.
Despite their first hit not coming until the fifth inning, the Utes took a 2-0 lead in the second inning by taking advantage of walks. With one out, freshman Stanford pitcher Bobby Zarubin walked four-straight batters to give Utah its first run. Braden Anderson was hit by a pitch to send in a second run in the inning.
Utah also left two runners on base in the eighth inning before breaking through in extras.
Utah and Stanford play game three of the series on Sunday, March 24, at 1:00 p.m. PT.