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Utes Shutout San Diego State, 4-0

Feb 26, 2022

SAN DIEGO – Utah baseball is undefeated through five games (4-0-1) following a 4-0 shutout victory at San Diego State on Saturday night at Tony Gwynn Stadium. It marks the best start for the Utes through five games since at least the 1981 season.
 
Saturday's game also marked the first time Utah shut out an opponent since an 8-0 triumph over UC Davis on May 24, 2019.
 
Right-hander Randon Hostert had a nice bounce-back outing in his second start of the season, tossing 6.2 innings of three-hit, shutout ball with eight strikeouts—one short of tying a career-high. He was relieved with two outs in the seventh by Ben Kibbe, who went the remaining 2.1 innings and allowed only two walks—fanning three along the way.
 
It was an all-around team effort both at the plate and defensively as six different Utes contributed a hit, including a three-hit night from Alex Baeza, his first such performance as a Ute.
 
Utah was first to the scoreboard, breaking a 0-0 tie in its half of the fourth inning. A one-out double by Chase Anderson opened the sequence, then Jayden Kiernan popped a single that allowed Anderson to score on an error. A wild pitch moved Kiernan to third, then he scored on a base hit from Baeza.
 
In the following frame, Utah doubled its lead to 4-0 when Kai Roberts went opposite field on a 1-1 pitch, sending the ball over the left-center field fence for a two-run homer. It was Roberts' second dinger of the season and brought in Dakota Duffalo, who had singled with one out.
 
From that point on it was a pretty lockdown effort on the mound and in the field by the Utes. San Diego State never advanced a runner past second base, and the lone jam for Utah came in the bottom of the seventh, when two Aztecs came aboard on two-out walks.
 
Utah did not allow a hit after the third inning, and only once all night—a walk in the fifth inning—did the Aztecs' leadoff hitter reach base.
 
The Utes close out the weekend with a rematch against SDSU on Sunday, Feb. 27 in a game beginning at 3 p.m. MT from Tony Gwynn Stadium.
 
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