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Provo wins 7th straight as Angels honor Law

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PROVO — It was a pitching performance someone like Vern Law could appreciate.

On Vern Law Appreciation Night on Thursday, the Provo Angels honored Law — the 1960 Cy Young Award winner, the father of BYU baseball coach Vance Law and a Utah County resident — with several tributes to the man, including an impressive outing by starting pitcher Tony Arthur.

Vern Law was among the 1,346 fans at Larry H. Miller Field who watched Provo (11-2) win its seventh consecutive game, an 8-2 victory over the Casper Rockies (5-8).

Law also watched Arthur author a no-hitter through 5 2/3 innings — until Casper's Anthony Miller broke up the no-no with a single. Arthur, a 13th round draft pick out of Arkansas State, kept the Rockies off-balance all night thanks in part to his repertoire of maddening off-speed pitches.

By the time the 6-foot-4, 215-pounder exited the game in the sixth inning, he had given up three hits and two earned runs while striking out 10 batters and walking only one.

Arthur now owns a 3-0 record, the best in the Pioneer League.

Of course, Provo's pitching has been stellar on a regular basis. The Angels entered Thursday's contest tops in the league in earned run average (2.71) and they had surrendered the fewest hits and issued the fewest walks of any team in the league.

Provo's offense provided plenty of support Thursday as Dallas McPherson, Greg Porter and Ed Tolzien collected two hits each. Tolzien knocked in two runs to highlight a four-run sixth inning.

Provo and Casper continue their series tonight at 7.

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