Trey Nielsen drove in game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth.
May 18, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - Sophomore pitcher Mitch Watrous pitched a two-hit, complete-game shutout as the Utah baseball team defeated Kansas, 1-0, with a run in the bottom of the ninth inning on Saturday afternoon.
Watrous struck out three in the win, walking three. He raises his record to 4-3 on the year.
In the bottom of the ninth inning with the game still scoreless, Braden Anderson beat out a single that was hit deep to second base. Dallas Carroll, who had been out since late March with a broken foot and was making his return to the diamond, also beat out a slow infield single hit between third and short. Trey Nielsen stepped to the plate and drove in the game-winning run with a single that the Kansas shortstop was unable to field after it took an errant bounce.
"Story of the game was a shutout for Mitch," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "His performance today was outstanding. We played good defense and made some good plays for him. He got it done when he needed to with runners on base, and kept us in the game until we could scratch one out."
Anderson went 2-for-4 on the day to lead Utah at the plate. The Utes had seven hits on the day, with three of those hits coming in the ninth inning.
Watrous and Kansas starter Thomas Taylor spent most of the game locked in a pitcher's duel. Watrous did not allow a hit until the fifth inning. The Utah defense also had several strong plays. Tyler Relf made a running catch on a long fly ball in the fifth, and caught two fly balls at the warning track in the seventh inning.
Kansas drew a leadoff walk in the top of the ninth and moved the runner over on a sacrifice bunt, and the Utes got a second out and held the runner at second with a ground out. After an intentional walk, Nielsen took a deep ground ball at first and made a dive to the bag to make the third out of the inning.
Utah and Kansas play the second game of the series on Sunday, May 18, at 6:30 p.m. MT.