(March 16, 2010)--Freshman Mark Anderson pitcher combined with Kevin Sloan and David McKnight for eight scoreless frames Tuesday as BYU held off Gonzaga, 3-2.
The southpaw picked up his first victory in going five innings after the Bulldogs tied the score two-all in the first. Sloan pitched 3.1 innings of shutout ball before being relieved by McKnight in the ninth. McKnight secured his second save of the year with a strikeout and a game-ending lineout to substitute Stephen Wells in centerfield.
“This was a tough one that was well-pitched on both sides,” said BYU coach Vance Law. “I was proud of Mark (Anderson) who found some extra strength after a rocky start. Instead of just nibbling, he went right after batters.
“It all boils down to pitching and throwing strikes. From the second inning one we got ahead of hitters and got a consistent effort defensively.
“It was critical for our guys to give us an early lead. Austin Hall did a nice job of executing the sacrifice fly in the fourth.”
Washington senior Sean McNaughton led off with a home run in the game's first at bat to give BYU the lead. Three batters later in the cleanup spot Bryce Ayoso made it 2-0 with his solo homer.
Ayoso had a one-out double in the fourth and scored off Hall's sac fly.
The Cougars are now 7-9, while Gonzaga evens to 8-8. BYU now readies for the start of action in the Mountain West Conference as it flies by way of Salt Lake City for a Thursday game at defending champion TCU.
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