Utes Take Rubber Game vs. Washington and Win Pac-12 Opening Series
SALT LAKE CITY – Sparked by Davis Cop's two-run single and aided by a solid day for the Utah pitching staff, the Utes defeated Washington by a 3-1 score in the series rubber game on Sunday at Smith's Ballpark.
Utah is now 11-3-1 on the season (2-1 Pac-12), heading into a Tuesday night tilt with BYU at Smith's Ballpark. That game is slated for a 6 p.m. start and tickets can be purchased at UtahTickets.com/baseball.
Cam Day (1-1) went 6.1 innings for his first collegiate win, making this his longest start as a Ute. He allowed one run on four hits, walked one batter and struck out a career-high-tying five batters. TJ Clarkson briefly made the move from designated hitter to pitcher, before Blake Whiting came on for the two-inning save, his second straight.
The Utes were held to five hits on the day, but the squad jumped out in front in the first inning and never looked back. After two quick outs, Chase Anderson extended the inning with a single, Clarkson added a base hit and Cop popped a single through the left side to plate both, as Clarkson had stolen second base moments prior.
Clarkson's knock in the first inning extended his hitting streak to 11 games, a team-best and career-long for Clarkson.
The home club added an insurance run in the fourth inning thanks to a sac fly from Carter Booth which brought Matt Richardson to the plate, after Richardson clubbed a triple into the right field corner—his first three-bagger of the season and third for the Utes in the series.
Washington got one back in the fifth inning on an RBI groundout, but that would be all for the Huskies in the run column.
The result secured the first Pac-12 series win for head coach Gary Henderson, and the first for the ballclub since 2019.
Utah walked just five opposing batters all series long.
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