By WSU Athletics
SALT LAKE CITY - Scott Simon struck out a career-high six and fired a five-hit shutout as Washington State blanked Utah 5-0 in Pac-12 Conference baseball, Sunday at Spring Mobile Ballpark.
Simon (3-0) threw 77 of 116 pitches for strikes in recording the first shutout by a Washington State (17-13, 4-5 Pac-12) hurler since Wade Parrish in 1999. With the victory, the Cougars avoided a three-game sweep at the hands of the Utes (14-14, 4-8 Pac-12).
"Scott got stronger as the game went on," Cougar Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. "I don't want to call it a must win for us, but it was and Scott definitely put our team on his back."
Washington State took a 4-0 lead by scoring in the third, fourth and fifth innings. In the third, Trace Tam Sing walked and Jason Monda was hit by a pitch to open the inning against Utah starter Joe Pond (2-4). After a sacrifice bunt by Collin Slaybaugh, Adam Nelubowich grounded out and Tam Sing scored the game's first run.
In the fourth, Brett Jacobs, Ian Sagdal and Austin Pernell put together three-straight singles for one run and Tam Sing added an RBI-ground out for a 3-0 advantage. Slaybaugh opened the fifth with single and stole second with one out in front of Yale Rosen's RBI-double.
The Cougars extended their lead to 5-0 in the seventh when Slaybaugh led off with an infield single, moved to third on an error and scored on a double play ball off the bat of Rosen.
Washington State will complete its four-game road trip with a game at BYU, Monday at 10 a.m. Mountain/9 a.m. Pacific.