Washington State topped Utah 4-2 in the second game of the three-game set on Saturday evening.
Jason Monda (2-5) worked seven strong innings to get the win, allowing two runs on six hits with a career high seven strikeouts.
WSU took advantage of three Utah errors to score two unearned runs on the night and held Utah in check in the batters box.
Utah took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but
WSU took advantage of Utah errors in the first and second innings to take a 2-1 lead. An error on a dropped ball led to an RBI single in the first, and a throwing error, led to another base runner for an unearned run on an RBI single.
The Cougars increased their lead to 3-1 after back-to-back two-out hits in the fifth inning. The key hits - a double by Nick Tanielu and and RBI-single by Ben Roberts.
The Utes got a run back in the top of the seventh, cutting the WSU lead to 3-2.
But Washington State again took a two-run advantage, 4-2, with a run in the bottom of the seventh after a pair of singles in the inning. Michael Monda led off with a pinch-hit single, stole second and third, and scored on Nick Tanielu's single.
The Cougs closed the door nicely on Utah in the last two innings -- Utah left two runners on in the top of the eighth after a pair of two-out singles. Utah again attempted a late rally with a one-out single in the ninth, but the Cougs got two quick outs and that was that.
Utah and Washington State play the rubber match on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.
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