Danny Beddes pitched six shutout innings as Utah Valley University shut out Washington, 8-0, in the opener of a four-game series on Thursday at Bailey-Brayton Field.
Beddes (2-1) struck out six and allowed just three hits as he, Patrick Wolfe and Garrett Bowman combined on the four-hit shutout. Wolfe tossed two scoreless innings and struck out a pair while Bowman pitched the ninth and also struck out two.
"What a great game from our pitching staff. Getting a shutout to open a series is tremendous for our team," UVU head coach Eric Madsen said. "Our defense on the infield was also outstanding in turning three great double plays."
Utah Valley took advantage of a pair of errors in the third to score three runs in the inning. Howell reached on an error on a chopper to short to begin the inning, and after he was sacrificed to second, he scored on the Cougars' (3-6) second error of the inning on a groundball by Bogden. Estrada tripled home Bogden on a deep fly ball to right-center and then scored on a sacrifice fly from Mark Krueger.
Jordan Schlehuber drove in the fourth run in the top of the seventh with a sacrifice fly before a four-run eighth broke the game open. The scoring was capped with a two-run single by Howell to extend the UVU lead to 8-0.
Washington State starter and All Pac-12 selection Ian Hamilton (0-3) pitched 6.1 innings and was charged with one earned run (four total) and struck out six in taking the loss. Patrick McGrath finished with two of the Cougars' four hits.
"Offensively, it was a great job against an extremely talented arm and we executed a good plan," Madsen said. "It was a very solid team win against a good club. This is a good start to the weekend but we need to continue to play tough throughout the series."
The win snapped a six-game losing streak to Washington State for Utah Valley. The series continues on Friday at 3 p.m. PT, with Jackson Cofer slated to take the mound for the Wolverines.
Clint Burgi is the associate athletic director for communications and marketing at Utah Valley University. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.