West Pitches Seven Shutout Innings In 9-1 Win At Utah
April 27, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - Washington got home runs from juniors Chase Anselment and Jacob Lamb and starter Aaron West pitched seven scoreless innings for the victory as the Husky baseball team beat Utah, 9-1, Friday at Spring Mobile Ballpark in the first game of a three-game, Pac-12 series.
West (5-4) gave up four hits and no walks in his seven innings of work to pick up the win, facing just four batters over the minimum in his outing.
Utah starter Brock Duke (2-3) went six and two-thirds, surrendering six runs (four earned) on seven hits, with five walks and five strikeouts in the loss.
Anselment finished the day 2-for-3 with a homer, a double and two runs batted in while Lamb was 2-for-5 with an RBI. Freshman second baseman Robert Pehl added two hits and three RBI, all of which came on a bases-clearing triple in the seventh.
Washington (22-17 overall, 7-9 in the Pac-12) led from nearly the start. Husky freshman Branden Berry drew a walk to lead off the second inning and Anselment followed with a blast over the left-field fence, his third homer of the year, to stake the UW to a 2-0 lead.
In the third, the Huskies scored two more. After singles from Jayce Ray and Lamb put runners at the corners with two outs, a pair of throwing errors on a ground ball from Berry allowed two runs to cross the plate, increasing the lead to 4-0.
After giving up a one-out double in the bottom of the first, West settled in to a groove, retiring 10 straight Utes before a two-out double in the fourth from Shaun Cooper. He then retired 10 the last 12 he faced through his seven innings of work, allowing a single and a double the rest of the way.
Washington tacked on a run in the sixth when Berry led off the inning with a single and eventually scored from third on a wild pitch. In the seventh, Lamb belted a two-out solo homer to right field, his second of the season, to make it 6-0. After a double and two walks loaded the bases, Pehl belted a triple to left-center field to score all three, putting the game out of reach at 9-0.
The Utes avoided the shutout in the ninth when a one-out single from Gavin Green brought home a run.
Utah (11-29 overall, 5-14 Pac-12) was led by Cooper and James Brooks, who each had two hits. Both of Cooper's hits were doubles.
The Huskies and Utes play games two and three of the series Saturday and Sunday, with both games starting at 11:00 a.m. PT.