Cougs' Chleborad sterling as WSU wins series

WASHINGTON STATE RIGHT-HANDER Tanner Chleborad was dominant, leading WSU to a 1-0 win over Utah on Sunday as the Cougs took the series. Chleborad struck out a career-high 10 batters and Michael Monda drove in the game's only run.

Tanner Chleborad (3-6) gave up but four hits and had excellent command of his pitches -- he walked one in eight innings of work.

He fanned the side in the first and retired 14 in a row at one point.

Cougar reliever Matt Bower struck out the first man he faced in the ninth before giving up a hit, leading to closer Ian Hamilton coming in. An error by the Cougars (22-24, 12-12 Pac-12) then put runners at first and second and a feeling of 'Oh no, here we go.'

But Hamilton induced Josh Rose to bounce into a game-ending, 4-6-3 double play for his Pac-12 leading 14th save.

The shutout was the fourth of the season for the Cougars and their third in Pac-12 play. It marked the third-consecutive season Washington State shut out Utah (15-30, 4-20 Pac-12) in the final game of their conference series.

The Utes' starter Dalton Carroll (1-4) matched Chleborad until the Cougars broke through with a run in the eighth. Jason Monda drilled the first pitch he saw up the middle to plate Patrick McGrath for the only run of the ball game.

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