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.
Cougs' Chleborad sterling as WSU wins series
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